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.


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<>

The full call is at <>

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 <>.


The 10th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility

W4A 2013 (use #w4a13)              

Co-Located with the 21th International World Wide Web Conference, WWW2013
13-15th May 2013 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Theme: Bring Your Own Device!

Topics and Content

The WHO defines disability as "a complex phenomenon, reflecting an
interaction between features of a person's body and features of the
society in which he or she lives". Web Accessibility should address
this interaction aspect of "disability" so that a wide range of
problems are tackled.  While the need for and usage of assistive
technologies may raise barriers that hinder the perception, the
understanding, and the operation of the Web, other barriers may be
caused by technological and situational impairments; think, for
example, of people with low vision that use a tablet rather than an
interactive board or a desktop.

Depending on the device used, the range of barriers being faced may
vary.  One could use assistive technologies to enhance the
capabilities of a PC, a tablet or a smartphone; but one could also
rely on desktop browsers on very large screens, interactive TVs, Web
kiosks, gaming consoles, Web browsers in cars or gym equipment,
interactive boards, tangible and natural user interfaces, or more
esoteric devices. Due to particular interaction modalities, access to
information or interactive services may be hindered or even prevented;
due to the quantity and richness of information and services, ability
to process information may be reduced; due to infrastructure (e.g.,
cellular networks in under-developed lands), certain services may
become unusable; due to contingent factors, everybody can become
situationally impaired; due to cultural or language differences,
emotional or language barriers may ensue. In each of these situations,
decoupling user interfaces from backend services could enhance
interoperability both for people who rely on assistive technologies
and those who don't, improving the quality of the experience
regardless of one's own devices.

We welcome therefore papers that explore these issues and their
technological or methodological counterparts in the context of the
Web, papers that assess solutions, that show similarities or
differences between approaches, or that evaluate and compare methods
and tools.  As a result, topics of interests include (but are not
limited to):

- Accessibility-related issues of using one's own devices
- Developing accessible user interfaces for different devices
- Coping with different interaction modalities
- Web authoring guidelines and tools
- Mobile accessibility
- User modeling and the adaptive Web
- Adaptation and transformation of existing Web content
- Design and best practice to support Web accessibility
- Technological advances to support Web accessibility
- End user tools
- Accessibility guidelines, best practice, evaluation techniques, and tools
- Psychology of end user experiences and scenarios
- Innovative techniques to support accessibility
- Universally accessible graphical design approaches
- Accessible graphic formats and tools for their creation.

Keynote Speakers
- Dr. Ed H. Chi - Staff Research Scientist at Google Inc.
- Prof. Clayton Lewis - National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
See biographies and details at <>.

The Paciello Group Web Accessibility Challenge
The Sixth "Web Accessibility Challenge" is organized to give an
opportunity to researchers and developers of advanced Web
accessibility technologies for showcasing their technologies to
technical leaders in this area not only from academia and industry but
also as end-users.  To encourage and accelerate development of
innovative and practically usable Web accessibility technologies, the
Challenge is one part of the conference in which new experimental
systems and technologies are submitted, compared, and judged by our
independent panel of experts as to the most significant advance in
research technology in accessibility for that year.  Find more details
at <>

Google Student Awards
The W4A 2013 Organising Committee are delighted to announce that two
awards, each of up to US$1200 (including registration), are available
to support students to enable them to attend W4A 2013. We now invite
applications with a deadline of February 15th, 2013.  The Third
"Student Awards Programme" is organised to give an opportunity to
high quality students with limited funding to attend the W4A
Conference.  Our deadlines have been chosen to give as much time as
possible to allow successful applicants to make their travel and
accommodation arrangements.  Students with interests related to this
year's topic are encouraged but it is certainly not a requirement as
all students with an interest in accessibility technologies are
welcome to apply.  Find more details at

We will accept position and technical papers, and short communications.
Position papers should only be submitted as a communication of (up to
4-pages) whereas technical papers should be in full paper format (up to
The official language of the Conference is English. Submission details are
available at <>

Important Dates
All Submissions Close (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time):

Author Rebuttal Period Ends (Midnight Hawaii Standard Time):

All Decisions:

All Final Versions:

General Chairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Giorgio Brajnik, University of Udine (Italy) Paola Salomoni, University of
Bologna (Italy)

Programme Chairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Jeffrey P. Bigham, University of Rochester (USA) Yevgen Borodin, Stony Brook
University (USA)

Paciello Group Challenge Chairs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Greg Gay, OCAD University (Canada)
Silvia Mirri, University of Bologna (Italy)

Google Student Award ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Tiago Guerreiro, University of Lisbon, (Portugal) Peter Thiessen, eBuddy,

Crazy Wednesday ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Markel Vigo, University of Manchester (UK) Julio Abascal, UPV/EHU (Spain)

Programme Committee
- Shadi Abou-Zahra (W3C)
- Faisal Ahmed (NetApp)
- Margherita Antona (ICS-FORTH)
- Myriam Arrue (University of the Basque Country)
- Chieko Asakawa (IBM Research)
- Jennison Asuncion (Adaptech Research Network)
- Sina Bahram (North Carolina State University)
- Armando Barreto (Florida International University)
- Andy Brown (University of Manchester)
- Anna Cavender (University of Washington)
- LuÌs CarriÁo (University of Lisbon)
- Michael Cooper (W3C)
- Olga De Troyer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
- David Duce (Oxford Brookes University)
- Ruslan Fayzrakhmanov (Institute of Information Systems, TU Wien)
- Kelly Ford (Microsoft Inc.)
- Renata Fortes (University of Sao Paulo)
- Vicki Hanson (University of Dundee)
- Simon Harper (University of Manchester)
- Sarah Horton (Author and Consultant)
- Matt Huenerfauth (City University of New York)
- Caroline Jay (University of Manchester)
- Brian Kelly (University of Bath)
- Ravi Kuber (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
- Arun Kumar (IBM India)
- Jonathan Lazar (Towson University)
- Rui Lopes (University of Lisbon)
- Darren Lunn (University of Manchester)
- Katherine McCoy (University of Delaware)
- Charles McCathieNevile (Yandex)
- Eleni Michailidou (Cyprus University of Technology)
- David Novick (The University of Texas at El Paso)
- Zeljko Obrenovic (Technical University Eindhoven)
- Mike Paciello (The Paciello Group)
- Oscar Pastor (Universidad PolitÈcnica de Valencia)
- Enrico Pontelli (New Mexico State University)
- David Sloan (University of Dundee)
- Hironobu Takagi (IBM Research)
- Shari Trewin (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
- Victor Tsaran (Paypal)
- Douglas Tudhope (University of Glamorgan)
- Konstantinos Votis (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas)
- Annalu Waller (University of Dundee)
- Takayuki Watanabe (Tokyo Woman's Christian University)
- Yeliz Yesilada (METU NCC/University of Manchester)

W4A stats
As of January 2013 average downloads per article at the ACM Digital Library
is 424 and average citations per article is 3.58.
To see the stats check the ACM Digital Library site for the W4A conference
at <>

W4A on the Web
Main site: <>
RSS/ATOM News Feed: <>
Blog: <>

This year's W4A is endorsed by the IW3C2 in cooperation with the ACM and its
Special Interest Groups SIGACCESS, SIGWEB and SIGCHI.
The Web Accessibility Challenge is sponsored by The Paciello Group, and the
Student Awards are sponsored by a Google.

While 'Bring your own device!' is this years theme, please don't be
deterred if this somewhat unique area is not yours.  We would like to
see all quality work on Web Accessibility regardless of the particular
field within accessibility.  The overriding reason for a paper being
accepted is its high quality in relation to the broad area of Web


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