Call for Workshops


Call for Workshop Proposals

In a world increasingly connected by the Web, the divide between online and offline is blurrier than ever. The Web serves as global newspaper, television station, marketplace, agora, or museum. As a great deal of social interaction moves online, the Internet promises researchers a portal into the social life of humanity. Furthermore, the Internet promises not only insight into, but also a full transformation of social life.

Despite the prevalent impression of Internet saturation that may prevail in many developed societies, the majority of humans are still offline. New Internet users experience the Web through radically different and diverse mobile interfaces. Although many digital prophets promised a world where place and class would be irrelevant, the Internet has not freed us from geography or social inequality: the “digital divide” is alive and well, with socially-disadvantaged people often having dismal access to the Internet.

It is thus important for scholars of the Internet to take a reasoned, critical view of the Web. We call for discussion around the ways in which the Web as a platform, as well as Web Science, can help address global challenges. To this end we invite workshop proposals for the 2016 edition of the ACM WebSci conference, on topics such as, but not limited to:

  • The Web and Geography
  • The Mobile Revolution and Web Science
  • Web Science and Social Good
  • Digital Inequalities on the Web
  • The Internet in recent Middle-Eastern History
  • Crime on the Web and Security

We encourage proposals on the above topics, and likewise welcome submissions on already-established areas of focus for ACM WebSci such as:

  • Digital Humanities
  • Web Architecture and Organization
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Data Ethics, Privacy and Security
  • Statistics on the Web

Workshops can have a mixture of panel presentations and invited speakers, but presentations should reflect the diversity of approaches that characterise the multidisciplinary nature of Web Science.

Workshop submission

Workshop proposals should contain the following information:

  • Title summarising the tutorial goals or workshop theme.
  • Name and affiliations of the organizers.
  • Details of the organising/program committee, including names and institutional affiliations and whether they have accepted to participate.
  • Max two-page description about the relevance, motivation and goals of the workshop, as well as pointers to past editions, if any.
  • Schedule of sessions, panels, and talks, including if it is a half- or full-day workshop.
  • Names of potential invited speakers with an indication of whether they have accepted the preliminary invitation.
  • Selection criteria for papers to be presented if the workshop invites submissions.

It is the prerogative of organisers to decide whether to have an open call for participants and papers, or arrange panels by invitation only. Proposals should include as many details as possible about sessions, speakers, and talks: they will be evaluated by their coherence and ability to address the stated goals.
It is the responsibility of the organisers to advertise their event, and constitute a program committee to review and select papers and manage the review process if they wish to include paper presentations in their workshop.
If successful, we advise proposals to have a website describing the event (within three weeks of acceptance). Workshop websites will be linked to from the main conference site.
Proposals should be submitted in pdf format via email to

Publication of Workshop Submissions

Submissions to the proposed workshops may be included in the WebSci proceedings, or workshop organizers may choose to not publish their submissions. If the workshop proceedings are to be included in the conference proceedings then the camera-ready deadline (see below) must be adhered too. Submissions must follow the formatting guidelines of conference papers.

Workshop proposal review

The Web Science program chairs will review each submission and select those with the highest scores on originality, timeliness and relevance of the proposed topic, its interdisciplinarity, rigour of the review process, coherence with the conference aims, and potential to attract a large audience.

Workshop proposal deadlines

December 17, 2015 - Workshop proposal submissions
December 24, 2015 - Notification of workshop acceptance
January 14, 2016 - Workshop website due
February-March 2016 - Workshop paper submission and notification deadlines (if applicable, details left to workshop organizers)
April 17, 2016 - Camera-ready workshop papers due
May 22, 2016 - Workshop date

Workshop Chairs

Ingmar Weber, QCRI, Qatar | Twitter : @ingmarweber, ">Bogdan State, Facebook & Stanford, USA | Twitter : @bogdanstate