Just to let you know that we are now accepting submissions of short papers, application notes and demos for the 13th ACM Symposium on Document Engineering. * Short papers should report on smaller complete works of research or novel challenges or visions; * application notes should describe systems or tools of interest to the DocEng community; * posters should report on research in progress. Submissions should be of up to 4 pages in length (2 pages for posters). The following deadlines apply: * May 19: Abstracts due * May 22: 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: Looking forward to seeing you at DocEng 2013. Best regards, Tamir Hassan University of Konstanz, Germany Publicity Chair, DocEng 2013

 

The ACM Web Science Conference takes place in Paris between 2nd and 4th May, with workshops on 1st May and 5th May.  Paris in Springtime, with a conference dinner on the Seine! A superb program of papers and short papers is already fixed and late breaking extended abstracts are about to be added.

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 The presentations at #WebSci13 will address a wide range of contemporary topics, of which the following are just a few examples:

*   The Web of data
*    Understanding Social media
*    Cyberbullying
*   Fake reviews
*   Collective action
*    Open data
*   Collaborative tagging
*   Democracy in the age of the internet
*   Online prayer
*   Informal learning online

The event will feature keynote presentations from Vint Cerf<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Cerf>,  co-inventor of TCP/IP and “Father of the Internet”, and Cory Doctorow<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_doctorow>, novelist, technology activist and co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing<http://boingboing.net/>. There will also be paper presentations on a wide range of cutting edge Web Science projects, a lively Pecha Kucha<http://www.pechakucha.org/> session of short sharp talks, a debate on how the web is revolutionising society and an evening banquet on the Seine. A draft programme (with updates still to follow) is available here.<http://www.websci13.org/programme/2013/04/websci13-programme-overview/>  The poster session at Wb Science is famously lively, and the single track approach ensures full participation in all aspects of the conference including panels and paper presentations.

While the deadlines for presenting have now passed, we are still welcoming registrations from businesses, academics, policy makers and students who would like to attend the event. Paris in springtime is a wonderful location for a conference and we are looking forward to sharing the Palais dès Congrés with the other ECRC conferences – including Hypertext<http://ht.acm.org/ht2013/>. The conference fees<http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1206107> have been kept remarkably low for such a prestigious venue, thanks to the generous help of the ACM. We have also organised a number of workshops<http://www.websci13.org/workshops/> to bring specialist and interdisciplinary groups together, and so we hope to have something for everyone.

Web Science has 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<http://www.websci13.org/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.

We look forward to welcoming you to Paris for what we are sure will be a stimulating and informative event! Registration is open here<http://www.websci13.org/registration/>!

 

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:

<https://sites.google.com/site/doceng2013/call-for-papers>

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

<https://sites.google.com/site/doceng2013/call-for-papers/submission-procedures>

 

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
(<http://www.meetup.com/Web-Science-2013-Fringe-Paris/events/109842212/>)
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
encouraged.

Rationale
---------

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
<http://www.meetup.com/Web-Science-2013-Fringe-Paris/events/109842212/>
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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