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International Workshop on Social Media Semantics (SMS 2013)

posted May 15, 2013, 6:02 AM by Christian Timmerer

The Social Web has become the first and main medium to get and spread information. Everyday news is reported instantly, and social media has become a major source for broadcasters, news reporters and political analysts as well as a place of interaction for everyday people. For a full utilization of this medium, information must be gathered, analyzed and semantically understood. In this workshop we ask the question: how can Semantic Web technologies be used to provide the means for interested people to draw conclusions, assess situations and to preserve their findings for future use?

Research on Social Media should optimally be conducted in a interdisciplinary manner, including fields like linguistics, information retrieval, data mining, Semantic Web, personalization, interaction, sociology, psychology, pedagogy/education, cognition. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from all these fields to discuss issues regarding the potential of Social Web analysis, from the conceptual level to technology oriented methodologies.

The main objectives are

How do we make sure that the right data is collected for a specific purpose/use?
How can we ensure that the collected data can be analyzed to its full extent?
What can be learned from social media from a broad, scientific perspective and how can it be quantified? What data is needed?
Can results from different social media be made comparable and aggregated?
On what level can meta-information extracted from Social Web analysis be used?
How do we make our analysis results re-usable?

Goals and Topics

The Social Web is constantly evolving; users take new roles and usage of the medium. To keep up with these changes, and to consolidate the past and the future, we must find ways to bring together the constant flow of new information with already preserved content and knowledge. This workshop will bridge the gap between real-time Semantic and Social Web analytics and archived content. Relevant topics include, but not limited to:
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Data mining
  • Semantics
  • Information retrieval
  • HCI and social media
  • User modeling
  • Sentiment analysis
  • Opinion mining
  • Data modeling
  • Cloud services
  • Digital libraries
  • Ontologies
  • Semantic search
  • Policy making
  • Semantics and e-learning
Workshop co-chairs

Dimitris Spiliotopoulos
Innovation Lab, ATC, Greece

Thomas Risse
L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany

Nina Tahmasebi
L3S Research Center, Hannover, Germany

Important dates:

Workshop Abstract Submission Deadline: May 18, 2013
Workshop Full Paper Submission Deadline: May 25, 2013
Acceptance Notification: July 2, 2013
Camera Ready Due: July 16, 2013
Author Registration Due: July 16, 2013

Submission Guidelines

The workshop will be a full day workshop grouped into several sessions. All submitted papers will be evaluated by at least three members of the program committee, based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of expression. Submissions must be in English, and may discuss industrial experience and/or academic research. Papers should not exceed 5,000 words (excluding references and appendices), and should not exceed 10 pages in the final camera-ready format (see later). Papers are normally allocated 45 minutes for presentation. Only electronic submissions in Adobe PDF format are acceptable. The paper submission site will be advised later.

Paper Submission site:

On the original submission, include a cover page with title of paper as well as the author’snames, affiliations, and email addresses. The total number of words in the paper (excluding cover page, tables, and references) should be indicated on the cover page. The second page should begin with the title of the paper followed by author names and affiliations and an abstract of no more than 150 words.

The proceedings will be published by Springer Verlag in their LNCS (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) series. The final paper (if accepted) should be formatted using the Springer LNCS style, as describedat Failure to commit to presentation at the workshop automatically excludes a paper from the proceedings.

The workshop will start with a keynote talk and end with an open discussion. Throughout the workshop, the organizers will develop a list of topics for the discussion at the end of the workshop. The discussion shall summarize and provide feedback on the workshop itself and on the ongoing work in the area of Social Media Semantics and encourage further informal collaborations. After the workshop, a workshop report will be published on an appropriate online platform and/or a journal for the respective communities.

Programme Committee

Ismail Altingövde, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
CosminCabulea, Deutsche Welle, Germany
Bogdan Cautis, Telecom ParisTech, France
Jonathon Hare, University of Southampton, UK
Bernhard Haslhofer, University of Vienna, Austria
Amin Mantrach, Yahoo! Research Barcelona, Spain
Diana Maynard, University of Sheffield, UK
Georgios Petasis, Demokritos Research Center, Greece
Wim Peters, University of Sheffield, UK
Volha Petukhova, Saarland University, Germany
Pierre Senellart, Telecom ParisTech, France
Marc Spaniol, Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik, Germany
Yannis Stavrakas, Institute for the Management of Information Systems, Greece
PepiStavropoulou, University of Ioannina, Greece
Michael Wiegand, Saarland University, Germany
Xuan Zhou, Renmin University, China

For more information on the workshop, please contact:
Dr. Dimitris Spiliotopoulos