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6th Temporal Web Analytics Workshop (TempWeb)

Organizers: Marc Spaniol, Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Julien Masanes

As in previous years, TempWeb is focused on the temporal dimension and the challenge to leverage time signals and expressions in order to capture dynamics, trends and understand time contextualization. With the maturity of the Web and the emergence of large scale repositories of Web contents, there has been a rapidly growing set of research activities and services that have this focus in common. Having a dedicated workshop has proven relevant and fruitful to take a rich and cross-domain approach to this new research challenge with a strong focus on the temporal dimension. To this end, TempWeb addresses the investigation of infrastructures, scalable methods, and innovative software for aggregating, querying, and analyzing heterogeneous data at Internet scale. Particular emphasis is given to temporal data analysis along the time dimension for Web data that has been collected over extended time periods. A major challenge in this regard is the sheer size of the data it exposes and the ability to make sense of it in a useful and meaningful manner for its users. Web scale data analytics therefore needs to develop infrastructures and extended analytical tools to make sense of the mass of information that the historic and current Web represent.


9th International Workshop on Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2016)

Organizers: Christian Bizer, Tim Berners-Lee, Sören Auer and Tom Heath 

The Web is developing from a medium for publishing textual documents into a medium for sharing structured data. This trend is fueled on the one hand by the adoption of the Linked Data principles by a growing number of data providers. On the other hand, large numbers of websites have started to semantically mark up the content of their HTML pages and thus also contribute to the wealth of structured data available on the Web. The 9th Workshop on Linked Data on the Web (LDOW2016) aims to stimulate discussion and further research into the challenges of publishing, consuming, and integrating structured data from the Web as well as mining knowledge from the global Web of Data. The special focus of this year’s LDOW workshop will be Web Data Quality Assessment and Web Data Cleansing.


BigScholar: The Third WWW Workshop on Big Scholarly Data: Towards the Web of Scholars

Organizers: Feng Xia, Huan Liu, Irwin King and Kuansan Wang

The BigScholar 2016 workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners working on Big Scholarly Data to discuss what are emerging research issues and how to explore the Web of Scholars. Several core challenges such as the tools and methods for analyzing and mining scholarly data will be the main center of discussions at the workshop. The goal is to contribute to the birth of a community having a shared interest around the Web of Scholars and exploring it using data mining, recommender systems, social network analysis and other appropriate technologies.


#Microposts2016 — the 6th ‘Making Sense of Microposts’ Workshop

Organizers: Aba-Sah Dadzie, Amparo E. Cano, Daniel Preotiuc-Pietro and Danica Radovanovic

With ubiquitous use of small, personal devices and near permanent connectedness, Microposts - “information published on the Web that is small in size and requires minimal effort to publish”, using multiple modalities including tweets and other text messages, check-ins, +1s, pins, pokes and hearts - provide an especially popular medium for communicating information in the moment and on the go.
#Microposts2016 continues a tradition of encouraging research also into the individual humans and crowds behind Micropost generation and reuse, to explore access to and appropriation of this medium, to help make sense of what is collectively very large scale data. The workshop aims to bridge research and applications in academia and industry, across disciplines, to include not just the Semantic Web but, especially also, Social and Computational Science.
#Microposts2016 will feature an Information Extraction challenge, to consolidate and extend tasks in previous years. The 2016 challenge will also require live deployment of prototypes developed.


8th Web Intelligence and Communities Workshop

Organizers: Rajendra Akerkar, Pierre Maret and Laurent Vercouter 

Web Intelligence consists of a multidisciplinary area dealing with exploiting data and services over the Web, to create new data and services using both Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques. Communities appear as a first-class object in the areas of web intelligence and agent technologies, as well as a crucial crossroads of several sub-domains such as user modeling, protocols, data management, data mining, content modeling.
The workshop welcomes the submission of theoretical, experimental, methodological as well as application papers. Regular (up to 10 pages) and short papers (up to 4 pages) are welcome.


Web Science and Technology for Education

Organizers: Jacqueline Bourdeau, Irwin King and Bebo White

The goal of this workshop is to bring together educators, scientists, developers, and practitioners to share results and discuss topics and challenges at the intersection of Web Science, Learning Sciences, Web Technologies and Educational Technology.  In 2016, a new challenge for this workshop is to consider Learning Sciences as contributive to the field of Web Science as an interdisciplinary enterprise. Possible topics include : Web Science and Learning Sciences, Pedagogy, Web-based Education Technology Resources, Case Studies and User Experience, Technological Challenges in Web-based Education Technology, Web-based Education Technology Best Practices.


Linked Learning 2016: 6th International Workshop on Learning and Education with the Web of Data (#LILE2016)

Stefan Dietze, Mathieu D'Aquin, Eelco Herder and Dragan Gasevic 

The emergence of the Web of Data and its gradual adoption in learning or education-related settings has led to the creation of an embryonic “Web of Educational Data” including institutional data from universities, as well as Linked Data about publicly available educational resources. In addition, informal learning and knowledge exchange are inherent to the online interactions found on the Web, involving for instance, learning and knowledge-centric social networks, but also general purpose social environments such as LinkedIn, where matters related to skills, competence development or training are central concerns. These interactions generate a vast amount of informal knowledge resources and learning traces which, combined with metadata and knowledge from the Web of data, can significantly transform the production and consumption of learning material and knowledge. However, widespread adoption, reuse and analysis of educational data is still hindered by issues that are both technical as well interdisciplinary. Building on the success of several editions of the LILE workshop (2011-2015), LILE2016 aims at addressing such challenges by providing a forum for researchers and practitioners who make innovative use of Linked Data for educational purposes, and to discuss, exchange and disseminate their work.


2016 Workshop on “Semantics, Analytics and Visualisation: Enhancing Scholarly Data” (SAVE-SD 2016)

Organizers: Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Francesco Osborne and Silvio Peroni 

The main goal of SAVE-SD 2016 is to bring together publishers, companies and researchers from different fields (including Document and Knowledge Engineering, Semantic Web, Natural Language Processing, Scholarly Communication, Bibliometrics, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Visualisation, Bioinformatics, and Life Sciences) in order to bridge the gap between the theoretical/academic and practical/industrial aspects
in regards to scholarly data. The following topics will be addressed:
- semantics of scholarly data, i.e. how to semantically represent, categorise, connect and integrate scholarly data, in order to foster reusability and knowledge sharing;
- analytics on scholarly data, i.e. designing and implementing novel and scalable algorithms for knowledge extraction with the aim of understanding research dynamics, forecasting research trends, fostering connections between groups of researchers, informing research policies, analysing and interlinking experiments and deriving new knowledge;
- visualisation of and interaction with scholarly data, i.e. providing novel user interfaces and applications for navigating and making sense of scholarly data and highlighting their patterns and peculiarities.

SNOW 2016: Third Workshop on Social News On the Web

Organizers: Gianmarco De Francisci Morales, Luca Maria Aiello, Symeon Papadopoulos and Haewoon Kwak 

Online news has generated an epochal change in the way we consume news and it has disrupted the journalism industry by changing the news life-cycle that leads professional journalists to build news and casual news readers to consume them. In fact, journalists and readers have now access to a huge amount of information on the Web, the largest public data repository in the world. Being huge implies being not easily accessible. New tools need to be developed in order to allow journalists to verify hypotheses, link events and support claims. and to provide to readers filtered, high-quality content relevant to their interest. These tools will allow modern journalists to work at unprecedented scale and speed, thus giving rise to a new form of data-driven journalism. The workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum to bring together researchers and professionals working in several fields including journalism, computer science, and social science to present novel ideas and discussing future directions in this scenario.


LocWeb 2016 -- Sixth International Workshop on Location and the Web

Organizers: Dirk Ahlers, Erik Wilde and Bruno Martins 

LocWeb 2016 focuses on the intersection of location-based services and Web architecture, by addressing Web-scale services and systems facilitating location-aware information access. The location topic is seen as a cross-cutting issue equally concerning information access, semantics and standards, and Web-scale systems and services. The workshop is an integrated venue where the location aspect can be discussed in depth with an interested community. The interactive and collaborative workshop will provide ample room for discussion and demos that will explore and advance the geospatial topic. New application areas for Web architecture, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Web of Things (WoT), will lead to increasingly rich and large sets of applications for which location is highly relevant. The topic continues to provide challenging research questions that will be addressed by the workshop.


Q4APS2016 - Question Answering And Activity Analysis in Participatory Sites

Organizers: Philipp Cimiano, Jean-Michel Dalle and Fabien Gandon

The Q4APS workshop intends to bring together researchers and practitioners of Question Answering sites and services on the Web to present and discuss latest advances in analyzing, supporting and automating tasks of the life-cycle of such applications. The goal is to cover the different approaches existing in managing and answering natural language questions of users on the Web. This includes methods, models and algorithms from automated question-answering to question-answering forums mining, monitoring and management automation.


The 2nd International Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Informal Text (NLPIT 2016)

Organizers: Mena Habib, Florian Kunneman and Maurice Van Keulen

The rapid growth of Internet usage in the last two decades adds new challenges to understand the informal user generated content (UGC) on the Internet. Textual UGC refers to textual posts on social media, blogs, emails, chat conversations, instant messages, forums, reviews, or advertisements that are created by end-users of an online system. A large portion of language used on textual UGC is informal. Informal text is the style of writing that disregard language grammars and uses a mixture of abbreviations and context dependent terms. The straightforward application of state-of-the-art Natural Language Processing approaches on informal text typically results in significantly degraded performance due to the following reasons: the lack of sentence structure; the lack of enough context required; the seldom entities involved; the noisy sparse contents of users' contributions; and the untrusted facts contained. It is the aim of this work- shop to bring the attention of researchers to the opportunities and challenges involved in informal text processing. In particular, we are interested in discussing informal text modeling, normalization, mining, and understanding in addition to various application areas in which UGC is involved.


The Fourth Annual Workshop on Crowdsourcing and Online Behavioral Experiments (COBE) 2016

Organizers: Siddharth Suri, Winter Mason and Dan Goldstein

The World Wide Web has resulted in new and unanticipated avenues for conducting large-scale behavioral experiments. Crowdsourcing sites like Amazon Mechanical Turk, oDesk, among others, have given researchers access to a large participant pool that operates around the clock. As a result, behavioral researchers in academia have turned to crowdsourcing sites in large numbers. Moreover, websites like eBay, Yelp and Reddit have become places where researchers can conduct field experiments. Companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Yahoo! conduct hundreds of randomized experiments on a daily basis. We may be rapidly reaching a point where most behavioral experiments will be done online.

The main purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers conducting behavioral experiments online to share new results, methods and best practices.

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Teaching the Web: Sharing experiences and developing community

Organizers: Stéphane B. Bazan, Marie Joan Kristine Gloria and Su White

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and academics involved in Web Education activities: teachers, tutors, program coordinators, content designers and students, to have them present their programs, their courses, their teaching material and their experience with teaching the Web. This workshop aims also at the development of a large Web Education community information, resources, teacher’s training, exchange of students or teachers, events, etc. The workshop will be of interest to anyone involved in the creation or delivery of Web Education teaching programs, with experiences sought in the construction of modules, design of curricula, or peripheral teaching activities such as marketing of courses or integration within institutional structures.


7th International Workshop on Modeling Social Media: Behavioral Analytics on the Web (MSM 2016)

Organizers::Martin Atzmueller, Alvin Chin and Christoph Trattner

The goal of this workshop is to apply behavioral analytics approaches and algorithms on social media, big data and the web. Contrary to last year’s workshop at WWW2015, we particularly invite submissions that try to go beyond the “simple” computational approaches and try to address the underlying reason as to “why” these computational approaches were done, evaluate how “good” they are, and how they can be validated for accuracy and reality.  Hence, the workshop aims to attract and discuss various novel aspects of personalization, recommendation, community discovery, profiling and prediction from social media, big data and the web. In short, the workshop invites topics that deal with user and social behavior that is inferred from analysis and mining the social media, big data, or web using suitable methods.  Thus, our goal is to bring together researchers and practitioners from around the world in the behavioral analytics, user analysis, big data and recommendation communities interested in 1) exploring different perspectives and approaches to mine behavioral aspects of (complex) social media data, web data and big data, 2) inferring user and social behavior, personalization and recommendation and 3) building models and frameworks for evaluating the designed approaches


6th International Workshop on Usage Analysis and the Web of Data: the diverse ecosystem of Web of Data access mechanisms

Organizers: Bettina Berendt, Laura Hollink and Markus Luczak-Roesch 

From academic to government data, from complex SPARQL queries to Linked Data Fragments, from DBpedia to Wikidata: the data sources on the Web of Data and the ways in which these sources can be created and consumed vary greatly and raise fundamental questions. These include: (a) What kind of usage is traceable for the different access mechanisms? (b) Which actionable conclusion can we draw from observed usage patterns? (c) What are the benefits and who are the beneficiaries of usage analysis and its applications; do these go beyond advertising and personalization?

The 6th edition of the USEWOD workshop will be dedicated to this fundamentally new diversity of data sources and access methods. We seek submissions on effective usage analysis of the diverse data sources ecosystem that the Web of Data has become. Apart from investigating aspects of the key recent developments affecting the Web of Data and its usage analysis, this theme relates to wider issues on the Web and in Web Science. These include data management and query processing architectures, search and recommendation algorithms, human computer interaction questions, and new fields arising from these, such as what could be termed H+CI: human-and-other-intelligences computer interaction.

The workshop will begin with a keynote talk and a short tutorial on the diverse ways of interacting with the Web of Data. This will be followed by scientific paper presentations. A closing panel will bring together representatives from different linked data providers as well as researchers working on linked data access mechanisms.


The 4rd International Workshop on the Theory and Practice of Social Machines

Organizers: Dominic Difranzo, Ramine Tinati, Kevin Page, Thanassis Tiropanis, Elena Simperl and Nigel Shadbolt

The 2016 edition of the SOCM workshop brings together the theoretical foundations of social machines, and the emerging practice of designing and building them. Our goal is to bring scholars from a wide breadth of domains and disciplines to build a more holistic understanding of social machines and their future potential. SOCM2016 aims to identify the complex social and technical factors that governs the development of these systems, and to identify the challenges in observing these factors. With this in mind, SOCM2016 will build on the work of the Web Observatory Workshops of the last two years (WOW2013 and WOW2014) by discussing methods to analyze and explore social machines, as essential mechanisms for deriving the guidelines and best practices that will inform the design of social machine observatories.


AW4city-Enhancing Urban Sustainability with Web Applications

Organizers: Leonidas Anthopoulos, Vishanth Weerakkody, Marijn Janssen

Following up the success of past event at WWW2015, AW4City 2016 aims to keep on attracting a significant international attention with regard to web applications for smart cities. More specifically, the aim of this workshop is to focus on innovative applications smart city component and more specifically on the design and implementation of web-based applications and Apps. This component is crucial, since it addresses all the smart city dimensions:
-    Economy, since new types of entrepreneurship and business models appear in data and creative industries, and develop web applications and Apps.
-    Mobility, with regard to urban transportation (intelligent transportation), distance working, job offering demonstration etc.
-    Environment, since applications enhance resource management, transportation improvement, environmental monitoring etc.
-    Living, since applications enhance local life (i.e., e-learning, e-banking, e-commerce etc.).
-    People, since they concern applications’ end users and
-    Governance, where open data and e-government play crucial role in smart city generation an operation.
This year, the proposed workshop will emphasize on the contribution of web applications and Apps to current sustainability smart city challenges like urban efficiency against climate change, economic viability, adoption etc.


Workshop on Empirical Research Methods in Information Security

Organizers: Edgar Weippl, Michael Huth, Martin Gilje Jaatun, Lotfi Ben Othmane

The workshop’s goal is to explore different empirical research work and to work on establishing guidelines for different subdisciplines including, but not limited to: security in software engineering, network security, security in social networks and usable security.
Possible topics for submission
* Survey papers summarizing empirical research and comparing the methods used.
* Critical reflections on research methods used in information security research.
* Discussions, possible guidelines on access to data sets.
* Comparisons between research methods in information security and other subdisciplines of computer science
* Comparisons between research methods in information security and other disciplines (e.g. economics, physics, social sciences)
* Guidelines on how research should be performed, evaluated and reviewed, addressing target audiences such as (junior) researchers, grant reviewers, tenure review committee, hiring committees, etc.


Wiki Workshop @ WWW

Organizers: Robert West, Leila Zia, Jure Leskovec

Wikipedia is one of the most popular sites on the Web, a main source of knowledge for a large fraction of Internet users, and one of the very few projects that make not only their content but also many activity logs available to the public. Furthermore, other Wikimedia projects, such as Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons, have been created to share other types of knowledge with the world for free. For a variety of reasons (quality and quantity of content, reach in many languages, process of content production, availability of data, etc.) such projects have become important objects of study for researchers across many subfields of the computational and social sciences, such as social network analysis, artificial intelligence, linguistics, natural language processing, social psychology, education, anthropology, political science, human–computer interaction, and cognitive science.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers exploring all aspects of Wikimedia websites such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Commons. With a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Research team in the organizing committee and with the experience of a successful workshop in 2015, we aim to continue facilitating a direct pathway for exchanging ideas between the organization that operates Wikimedia websites and the researchers interested in studying them.


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