WikiSym, the 9th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration
OpenSym, the 2013 International Symposium on Open Collaboration

August 5-7, 2013 | Hong Kong, China

ACM In-cooperation with SIGWEB and SIGSOFT. Archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Research paper submission deadline: March 17, 2013.

The 2013 Joint International Symposium on Open Collaboration (WikiSym + OpenSym 2013) is the premier conference on open collaboration research, including wikis and social media, Wikipedia, free, libre, and open source software, open access, open data and open government research. WikiSym is in its 9th year and will be complemented by OpenSym, a new conference on open collaboration research and an adjunct to the successful WikiSym conference series. WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 is the first conference to bring together the different strands of open collaboration research, seeking to create synergies and inspire new research between computer scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and everyone interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing the world. Read more about the conference at <>.


Defined as "collaboration that is egalitarian (everyone can join, no principled or artificial barriers to participation exist), meritocratic (decisions and status are merit-based rather than imposed) and self-organizing (processes adapt to people rather than people adapt to pre-defined processes)", we are seeking research submissions that best exemplify this definition of open collaboration.

We are looking for research papers that represent new and innovative research on wikis, social media and other applications that best exemplify open collaboration. We seek submissions that will bring together the different strands of open collaboration research, create synergies and inspire new research between computer scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and everyone interested in understanding open collaboration and how it is changing the world. Some of the topics that would be appropriate for submission to the "open collaboration" track are:

* Innovative development and/or implementation of wiki applications
* Building open systems and tools
* Social and cultural aspects of open collaboration
* Open collaboration beyond text: images, video, sound, etc.
* Communities and workgroups
* Open knowledge and information production

Uses and impact of wikis and other open resources, tools, and practices in fields and application areas, for example:

* Open source software development and use
* Education and Open Educational Resources
* E-government, open government, and public policy
* Law/Intellectual Property (including Creative Commons)
* Journalism (including participatory journalism)
* Art and Entertainment (including collaborative and audience-involved art)
* Science (including collaboratories)
* Publishing (including open access and open review models)
* Business (including open and collaborative management styles)


Topics of interest to the Wikipedia research track include, but are not limited to:

* What do particular articles or groups or articles tell us about the norms, governance and architecture of Wikipedia and its impact on media, politics and the social sphere? How is information on Wikipedia being shaped by the materiality of Wikipedia infrastructure?
* What is the impact of all/some of Wikipedia’s 211 language editions having on achieving the project’s goal to represent the “sum of all human knowledge”? Do smaller language editions follow the same development path as larger language editions? Can different representations in different languages tell us anything about cultural, national or regional differences?
* What are the gendered dimensions of Wikipedia editing? How are issues around power, knowledge and representation drawn into focus by gender, geography and other gaps and imbalances in Wikipedia editing?
* What skills/competencies/connections/world views are required to become an empowered member of the Wikimedia community? What does a Wikipedia literate person look like? How are those skills/competencies/connections/world views obtained and enacted?
* Does Wikipedia enact an open source of authoritative knowledge that impacts learning in formal and informal settings? For instance, how do students employ Wikipedia as a covert/overt source in their papers or as a generative site for problem formulation? Or how is Wikipedia being used as a serendipitous experience of knowledge acquisition? What methods can be employed to understand these varied utilizations?
* What is the effect of outreach initiatives involving the growing institutionalisation of Wikipedia activities? As galleries, libraries, archives and museums hire Wikipedians-in-residence to digitize, showcase and/or represent their collections, is Wikipedia able to fill some its key knowledge gaps? Or are there unintended effects of this institutionalization of knowledge?
* What are the methodological challenges to studying Wikipedia? How are researchers engaging with innovative methodologies to solve some of these problems? How are other researchers using traditional or well-established methods to study Wikipedia?
* How are wiki projects other than Wikipedia evolving? What are the benefits to studying other wiki projects and can comparisons and generalisations be made from our observations of these systems?
* How does information contained in Wikipedia shape our understanding of broader social, economic, and political practices and processes? What theoretical frameworks in social, economic, legal and other relevant theoretical traditions can be applied to enrich the academic discourse on Wikipedia?


The following types of submissions are invited:

* Long research papers (5 to 10 pages)
* Short research papers (1 to 4 pages)
* Research posters (1 to 2 pages)
* Research presentations (1 to 10 pages)

Research papers present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new theoretical or empirical work. Research papers will be reviewed by the research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards of publication. Papers will be reviewed for relevance, conceptual quality, innovation and clarity of presentation. They must be written in English. At least one author of accepted papers is required to attend the conference in order to present the paper.

Research presentations present integrative reviews or original reports of substantive new theoretical or empirical work. This is a new format is specifically aimed at the requirements of social science researchers enabling those researchers to use WikiSym + OpenSym 2013 (WS+OS) as a pre-publication venue before journal publication. Only the abstracts of these papers will be published as part of the proceedings thus leaving open the opportunity for journal publication at a later date. Research presentations will be reviewed by the research track program committee to meet rigorous academic standards just like research papers.

Research posters enable researchers to present late-breaking research results, significant research work in progress, or research work that is best communicated in conversation. WS+OS's lively poster sessions let conference attendees exchange ideas one-on-one with authors, and let authors discuss their work in detail with those attendees most deeply interested in the topic. Successful applicants will display their posters, up to 1x2m in size, at a special session during the event.

Submissions for experience reports (long and short), tutorials, workshops, panels, non-research posters, and demos are also sought but are handled through the community track, please see <>. Submissions to WS+OS's Doctoral Symposium are also sought but are handled separately, please see <>.

Submissions should follow the standard ACM SIG proceedings format. For advice and templates, please see <>. All papers must conform at time of submission to the formatting instructions and must not exceed the page limits, including all text, references, appendices and figures. All submissions must in PDF format.

All papers and posters should be submitted electronically through EasyChair using the following URL: <>.


* Submission: March 17, 2013
* Notification to authors: May 17, 2013
* Camera-ready: June 2, 2013

As long as it is March 17 somewhere on earth, your submission will be accepted.


Jude Yew, National University of Singapore (chair of research track)

Program committee members to-be-announced.


Heather Ford - Co-Chair
Affiliation: Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University
Home page URL: <>

Mark Graham - Co-Chair
Affiliation: Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University
Home page URL: <>

Megan Finn
Affiliation: Microsoft Research, New England
Home page URL: <>

Stuart Geiger
Affiliation: UC-Berkeley School of Information
Home page URL: <>

Brent Hecht
Affiliation: Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
Home page URL: <>

Brian Keegan
Affiliation: Northeastern University
Home page URL: <>

Wen Lin
Affiliation: Newcastle University
Home page URL: <>

Felipe Ortega
Affiliation: Researcher, Dept. of Statistics and Operations Research, University Rey Juan Carlos.
Home page URL: <>

Dan Perkel
Affiliation: IDEO
Home page URL: <>

Joseph Reagle
Affiliation: Northeastern University
Home page URL: <>

Jodi Schneider
Affiliation: DERI, NUI Galway
Home page URL: <>

Shilad Sen
Affiliation: Macalester College
Home page URL: <>

Monica Stephens
Affiliation: Humboldt State University
Home page URL: <>

Dario Taraborelli
Affiliation: Wikimedia Foundation
Home page URL: <>

Robert West
Affiliation: Computer Science Department, Stanford University
Home page URL: <>

Matthew W. Wilson
Affiliation: Department of Geography, University of Kentucky
Home page URL: <>

Taha Yasseri
Affiliation: Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Home page URL:<>

Matthew Zook
Affiliation: University of Kentucky
Home page URL: <>


To unsubscribe from the SIGWEB-MEMBERS list:
write to: mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or click the following link:


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 ñ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Theme: Bring Your Own Device!

Topics and Content
The WHO defines disability as ìa complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a personís body and features of the society in which he or she livesî. Web Accessibility should address this interaction aspect of ìdisabilityî 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 donít, improving the quality of the experience regardless of oneís 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 oneís 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 ñ Staff Research Scientist at Google Inc.
- Prof. Clayton Lewis - National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

The Paciello Group Web Accessibility Challenge
The Sixth ìWeb Accessibility Challengeî, 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 from 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 28th, 2013.
The Third ìStudent Awards Programmeî, 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 yearís 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 10-pages).
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)

Microsoft 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, (Netherlands)

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 Womanís Christian University)
- Yeliz Yesilada (METU NCC/University of Manchester)

W4A stats
As of December 2012 average downloads per article at the ACM Digital Library is 418 and average citations per article is 3.34.
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 years W4A is endorsed by the IW3C2 in cooperation with the ACM and its Special Interest Groups SIGACCESS, SIGWEB and SIGCHI.
The general conference is supported by IBM Research and The Zakon Group. The Web Accessibility Challenge is sponsored by The Paciello Group, and the Student Awards are sponsored by Google.
Please refer to the sponsors page: <>.

While 'Bring your own device!' is this year 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 Accessibility.


Join us in Florence for the 13th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2013),

September 10-13 2013, at the University of Florence, Italy


Documents are communication artifacts in any form and in any media; they can be simple or compound, static or time-varying, private or open. Document collections increasingly underpin research, education, commerce, entertainment – the full range of human activity. Document engineering covers both the innovative use of documents and document collections in real-world applications and the study of principles, tools and processes that improve our ability to create, manage, maintain, share, and productively use these.

You are invited to submit original papers to the 13th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2013), to be held at the University of Florence. Attendees at this international forum have interests that span all aspects of document engineering and applications. DocEng is sponsored by ACM by means of the ACM SIGWEB Special Interest Group. Proceedings are available through the ACM Digital Library.

Important dates:

*  Mar 15, 2013: Workshop and tutorial proposals due
*  Mar 31, 2013: Full paper abstracts due
*  Apr  7, 2013: Full papers due
*  May 19, 2013: Short paper abstracts due
*  May 22, 2013: Short papers due

Topics relevant to the symposium include (but are not limited to):

Modeling and Representation:
*  Document representation and standards including interchange
standards, markup languages (incl. SGML), stylesheets, type
representation, multimedia (incl. HTML5, MPEG, SMIL, SVG), eBook
standards (ePub)
*  Metadata creation and standards, use of semantic web technologies
*  Hypertext/hypermedia, distributed documents, blogs, wikis
*  Linking techniques and standards, integration with other digital artifacts

Generation, Manipulation, and Presentation:
*  Document authoring tools and systems
*  Document presentation (typography, formatting, layout) algorithms
and systems (TeX, browsers)
*  Automatically generated documents, automated layout and composition,
variable data printing
*  Adaptive, responsive documents, content customization
*  Mobile platforms and documents
*  Document transformation and rich-web-client models

Collections, Systems, and Management:
*  Collections databases and repositories, storage, indexing,
retrieval, versioning, deduplication
*  Enterprise content management: models and standards (CMIS), scale
and performance, platforms and applications
*  Digital libraries and archives, preservation systems
*  Document system components: security, APIs (SAX, DOM), versioning,
*  Document systems and workflows

Document Analysis:
*  Structure and representation analysis (layout, OCR, visual analysis)
*  Linguistic and semantic (content) analysis, categorization,

*  Document internationalization, multilingual representations
*  Multi-lingual and cross-lingual indexing and search

User Experience:
*  Navigation, search
*  Usability, accessibility, readability and aesthetics
*  Collaborative authoring and editing, curation and annotation
*  Workflows, integration and interaction between human and automated

*  Digital humanities, digital preservation and archiving
*  eBooks and digital publishing
... and all other application areas

For more information, please visit the conference website at:
===  ===


24th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media
May 1-3, 2013
Palais des Congres, Paris, France

Abstract submission: December 13, 2012
Full and Short Paper Submission: December 18, 2012

The ACM Hypertext and Social Media conference is a premium venue for high quality peer-reviewed research on hypertext theory, systems and applications. It is concerned with all aspects of modern hypertext research including social media, semantic web, dynamic and computed hypertext and hypermedia as well as narrative systems and applications. The ACM Hypertext and Social Media 2013 conference will focus on exploring, studying and shaping relationships between three important dimensions of links in hypertextual systems and the World
Wide Web: people, data, and documents.

In 2013, HYPERTEXT is taking place as part of the First ACM European Computing Research Congress (ECRC 2013) which is co-located with the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013).

\___  Conference tracks and track co-chairs:

Track 1: Linking people: Social Media
- Martin Atzmueller, University of Kassel, Germany
- Kristina Lerman, University of Southern California, USA

Track 2: Linking data: semantic data
- Peter Mika, Yahoo! Research, Barcelona, Spain
- Elena Simperl, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Track 3: Linking documents: adaptive hypertext and narrative connections
- Paul de Bra, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
- David Millard, Southampton University, UK

\___  Important Dates and Submission:

Abstract deadline: December 13, 2012
Full and short paper submission deadline: December 18, 2012
Notification: January 30, 2013
Camera-ready version due: February 17, 2013 

Submission details will be made available at
Submissions will be accepted via

\___  Organizing Committee:

General Chair:
Gerd Stumme, University of Kassel, Germany

PC Chair:
Andreas Hotho, University of W¸rzburg, Germany

Workshop Chair:
Denis Helic, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Publicity Chair:
Folke Mitzlaff, University of Kassel, Germany


Page 8 of 13

<< Start < Prev 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Next > End >>


You are here:   HomeCommunitySIGWEB Blog/News
SIGWEB is one of the Special Interest Groups of the ACM Association for Computing Machinery.