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Laboratory for Internet Studies, HSE, is hosting the 10th Social Informatics conference with outstanding speakers and in a wonderful city of St.Petersburg, on September 25-28, 2018. As usual, conference proceedings will be published in Lecture Notes for Computer Science Springer series. We would like to specially encourage social scientists to apply. We will do our best to ensure that reviewership is not  computer science centered, and we will be arranging a journal publication for best papers. The SocInfo’18 Committee also invites proposals for the Workshops Day of the conference.

The preferred formats are group discussions and practical tutorials. A tutorial should provide either an in-depth look at an emerging technique or software package or a broad summary of an important direction in the field of social informatics, preferably with a practical training. A group discussion should provide an opportunity to informally discuss issues with a selected focus, especially conceptual, methodological or practical difficulties of social informatics, as opposed to presenting final results. Workshops should not be structured as mini-conferences dominated by long talks and short discussions. Instead, the organizers are encouraged to promote different types of activities including games and brainstorming sessions. All workshops should be interactive and involve between 15 and 40 members. Finally, the workshops should have the potential to attract the interest of researchers in computer science and social sciences, and possibly of developers and practitioners.

Proposal content
Proposals for workshops should be between 2 and 5 pages in length (10pt, single column, with reasonable margins), written in English, and should contain the following:
• A concise title.
• The names, affiliations and contact information of the organizers. A typical workshop should count no more than three co-chairs, preferably affiliated with different organizations.
• Proposed duration of the workshop – half or full day (3-4 hours or 6-7 hours).
• A statement of the workshop: objective/goals.
• A statement detailing: Why is the workshop topic important? Why is the workshop timely? How is it relevant to social informatics?
• A two-paragraph description of the workshop topic and themes.
• If the workshop was conducted before, where and when was it conducted? Please give details on number of attendees and acceptance ratio (if applicable).
• A description of the workshop format and list of proposed activities.
• An indication of the maximum number of participants and a description of how workshop submissions will be selected: by the time of registration, by some predefined criteria or else.
• A short bio of the workshop organizers, including a description of their qualifications relative to the topic area, and past experience in organizing/facilitating workshops or research meetings.

Proposal review
The workshop chairs will review each submission and select those with the highest scores on originality, interdisciplinarity, coherence with the conference aims, and ability to attract audience.

Important Dates
• Workshop proposal submission deadline: April 9, 2018
• Workshop acceptance notification: April 30, 2018
• Paper submission deadline: May 9, 2018

Workshop Chairs:
• Luca Maria Ayello, Bell Labs, UK
• Sergei Koltcov, HSE, Russia

Conference Chairs:
• Steffen Staab, WeST, Koblenz-Landau
• Olessia Koltsova, LINIS HSE

Visit conference website for more information: https://socinfo2018.hse.ru/.
Best regards,
Oleg Nagornyy
Higher School of Economics
Laboratory for Internet Studies


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