All the Calls for papers are passed, but you can still participate in the
WebSci conference.

Submissions are invited for fringe events to accompany the main ACM Web
Science conference (<>) schedule.

The objective is to attract a vibrant community participating in fringe
activities which complement the main academic programme.

By making the time and space for WebSciFringe we are inviting submissions
and proposals for activities which can encompass the participative and the
performative and which will range from panels, discussions, debates
through to performance, presentations and demonstrations.

The Parisian salon of the 18th Century was a hothouse for intellectual
debate and scientific progress, and we hope that WebSciFringe will begin a
similar tradition in Paris in 2013.

Proposers are expected to use the Fringe Meetup Page
and independent self-publicity to evolve their proposals and grow
community. The main conference will provide (a few) space and time slots
which will be allocated to those events which can demonstrate the greatest
community enthusiasm. If oversubscribed, we will encourage proposers to
identify suitable alternative venues nearby. The most successful
activities are expected to have a strong social component and be enjoyable
and appealing to participants.

Fringe events are separate from the formal conference review process,
however the validation of peers will be an important factor if events are
to run successfully. You do not have to be registered in the main
conference to organise or attend a fringe event, although of course you
will only gain access to the mainstream activities if you have registered.

Event Formats

The Web Science Fringe Festival takes an ³unconference² approach to
presenting work from the arts and sciences that pertains to Web Science
but falls outside the conventional range of academic publication in the
natural and social sciences. This might include, for example:

* performance art on, in, or about the Web
* painting, sculpture, or other media that comments on Web phenomena
* interactive drama and hyperdrama, either within or outside the Web
* electronic literature and virtual art
* pioneering web design
* location-aware and location-specific narrative
* augmented reality
* netart
* artistic data visualizations
as well as more traditional demos, panels and discussions.

This catalog is intended to be suggestive but not exhaustive.
Unconventional presentations and interactions are encouraged. Limited
assistance may be available to creators. French Language events are also


Webscience, six years on from its original declaration and claim staking,
is still a young and emerging community.

The territory is being marked, researchers and academics are collecting
and analysing data and publications and academic debates are emerging.

Core to the claims of the shape of Web Science is the tenet that it is
fundamentally interdisciplinary, web science practitioners can be found
across a wide range of academic areas; a facet which of itself uncovers
tensions when observers from widely different academic and epistemological
traditions attempt to engage in meaningful discourse.

The observations of ŒAcademic tribes and territories¹ is highly relevant
to this fast evolving field. If web science is to grow, it must
incorporate and reassemble multiple dialogues extending across the whole
disciplinary area.

Web science has more recently been described as the science of social
machines, but the social and the web extend to an increasingly
imaginative, creative and vibrant range of social and artistic practices.

The proposal to create a websci fringe comes out of a desire to recognise
and nurture communities which are at the fringe of the Web Science
academic community. The intention is that, like other ACM communities such
as CHI, related and emerging communities can benefit from a place, forum
and association with the more formal programme which is derived from peer
reviewed academic submissions. Additionally there will be cultural
activities which may be recognised at the practice of web science which
might be synergetic with formal web science programme.

An advantage of this format is that it can support active participation
from colleagues without sacrificing a publication which might preferably
be submitted to a peer reviewed journal.

Make a Proposal

You need to go to the WebSci Fringe Meetup Page
and sign up to attend the fringe. NOTE: You can get on with proposing
items for the fringe even before you register for the conference.

Your Proposal needs to:

* Tell people what the event is (panel? discussions? debate? performance?
presentation? demonstration? participative event? birds of a feather (BOF)
session? etc.)
* Describe your event.
* Tell us if you would like the committee to provide space (we could
provide a room for a suitably attended event), or are you simply going to
to meet in a local café or bar?

When you have added a suitable discussion post, get people to reply/like
your post to get community round the event.

As the conference draws nearer you will be able to see the program and
decide when the event will be best held, and where it can be held.


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