Just a friendly reminder that the submission deadline for full papers is fast approaching.

* March 31: Full paper abstracts due
* April 7: Full paper manuscripts due

The ACM Symposium on Document Engineering provides an annual international forum for presentations and discussions on principles, tools and processes that improve our ability to create, manage and maintain documents.  You can find the Call for Papers here:


All papers should be submitted on the EasyChair site.  You can find the submission instructions here:



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 (<http://www.websci13.org/>) 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.


5th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci ’13)
May 2-4, 2014. Paris, France
Deadline for abstracts: March 16, 2013

Social Science/Digital Humanities and Late-Breaking Research

You still have time to submit an extended abstract for Web Science 2014.
Essential Information:

Extended abstracts should describe either
(1) thought-provoking ideas with the potential for interesting discussions at the conference, or
(2) works-in-progress for sharing valuable ideas, eliciting feedback on early-stage work, or fostering discussions and collaborations among colleagues.

We particularly seek extended abstracts from the full range of disciplines involved in Web Science research.

Archival publication is optional. (If accepted you can choose whether to have the paper appear in the proceedings)

The conference separates mode of presentation from mode of publication. (The committee will recommend the appropriate presentation mode for each paper)

Extended abstracts can be up to 6 pages, and should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG abstract template (extended abstract format) here<https://www.dropbox.com/sh/pl130rtd134fxu6/hiyzXgWwTs>

The full call is at <http://www.websci13.org/late-call/>

Web Science is the emergent science of the people, organizations, applications, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web, the largest informational artifact constructed by humans in history. Web Science embraces the study of the Web as a vast universal information network of people and communities. As such, Web Science includes the study of social networks whose work, expression, and play take place on the Web. The social sciences and computational sciences meet in Web Science and complement one another: Studying human behavior and social interaction contributes to our understanding of the Web, while Web data is transforming how social science is conducted. The Web presents us with a great opportunity as well as an obligation: If we are to ensure the Web benefits humanity we must do our best to understand it.

The Web Science conference is inherently interdisciplinary, as it attempts to integrate computer and information sciences, communication, linguistics, sociology, psychology, economics, law, political science, philosophy, digital humanities, and other disciplines in pursuit of an understanding of the Web. This conference is unique in the manner in which it brings these disciplines together in creative and critical dialogue, and we invite papers from all the above disciplines, and in particular those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

* March 16th 2013: Submissions of extended abstracts due
* April 9th 2013: Notification of acceptance
* May 2-4, 2013: Web Science 2013, Paris, France

General Chairs
Hugh Davis, University of Southampton, UK
Harry Halpin, W3C/IRI, France
Alex “Sandy” Pentland, MIT, USA

Program Chairs
Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems, Inc. USA



SIGWEB is searching for a new coordinator for the PhD column of our SIGWEB newsletter. This coordinator takes care for:
- creating contacts to PhD students, e.g. through conferences
- motivating students who have recently finished their PhD to write an extended abstract for the newsletter
- managing the SIGWEB thesis repository
- investigating other repositories to find interesting contribors for the newsletter

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jessica Rubart <info-AT-jessicarubart.de>.


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