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WOW2013

WOW2013 was held on May 14th 2013 in conjunction with the 22nd International World Wide Web Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13-17th May 2013. The workshop provides a focus for the emerging Web Observatory community to share tools, methods, results and experience in the development and deployment of Web Observatories - and to set the agenda for future work in the field.

Observing the Web

The Web operates at a very large scale and is dominated by emergent phenomena withradical innovations coming from and driven by its users, and in time scales that are faster than those exhibited by earlier computer-based systems. We are just beginning to understand how to conduct scientific research on the huge and constantly changing socio-technical system formed by the web & all the people and agents that use it. Scientific method begins withinstrumentation and measurement to describe and characterize what is actually happening - that is, the construction and study of a Web Observatory. Only then can we begin to develop theories and abstractions that enable better design of future evolutions of the systems and quantitative predictions of their behaviour.

Accepted papers

Accepted papers are available through the ACM Digital Library and on our proceedings page.

  1. Siripen Pongpaichet, Vivek K. Singh, Mingyan Gao and Ramesh Jain. EventShop: Recognizing Situations in Web Data Streams
  2. Karissa Mckelvey and Filippo Menczer. Design and Prototyping of a Social Media Observatory
  3. Jérôme Kunegis. KONECT – The Koblenz Network Collection
  4. Paul Booth, Paul Gaskell and Christopher Hughes. The Economics of Data: Quality, Value & Exchange in Web Observatories
  5. Nattiya Kanhabua and Wolfgang Nejdl. Understanding the Diversity of Tweets in the Time of Outbreaks
  6. Ramine Tinati, Thanassis Tiropanis and Leslie Carr. An Approach for Using Wikipedia to Measure the Flow of Trends across Countries
  7. Ian Brown, Wendy Hall and Lisa Harris. From search to observation
  8. Marie Joan Kristine Gloria, Deborah L. McGuinness, Joanne S. Luciano and Qingpeng Zhang.Exploration in Web Science: Instruments for Web Observatories
  9. Patrice Seyed, Tim Lebo, Evan Patton, James Mccusker and Deborah McGuinness.SemantEco: A Next-Generation Web Observatory
  10. Ramesh Jain, Laleh Jalali and Mingming Fan. From Health-Persona to Societal Health
  11. Ernesto Diaz-Aviles. Living Analytics Methods for the Web Observatory
  12. Ionut Trestian, Chunjing Xiao and Aleksandar Kuzmanovic. A Glance at an Overlooked Part of the World Wide Web

Programme

Our keynote speaker is Professor Ramesh Jain on "Observing Personal and Societal Health using EventShop" at 5pm.

13:00-14:30 OBSERVATORY CASE STUDIES

Introduction to workshop (slideshare)

Karissa Mckelvey and Filippo Menczer. Design and Prototyping of a Social Media Observatory (slideshare) (paper)

Jérôme Kunegis. KONECT – The Koblenz Network Collection (paper)

Marie Joan Kristine Gloria, Deborah L. McGuinness, Joanne S. Luciano and Qingpeng Zhang. Exploration in Web Science: Instruments for Web Observatories (paper)

15:00-16:30  USING OBSERVATORIES

Nattiya Kanhabua and Wolfgang Nejdl. Understanding the Diversity of Tweets in the Time of Outbreaks (paper)

Ramine Tinati, Thanassis Tiropanis and Leslie Carr. An Approach for Using Wikipedia to Measure the Flow of Trends across Countries (pdf) (paper)

Ionut Trestian, Chunjing Xiao and Aleksandar Kuzmanovic. A Glance at an Overlooked Part of the World Wide Web

Short introductions of other observatory activities represented in the room

17:00-18:30 KEYNOTE AND OBSERVATORY ENGINEERING

Keynote: Prof Ramesh Jain "Observing Personal and Societal Health using EventShop"

Patrice Seyed, Tim Lebo, Evan Patton, James Mccusker and Deborah McGuinness.SemantEco: A Next-Generation Web Observatory (powerpoint)

Ernesto Diaz-Aviles. Living Analytics Methods for the Web Observatory (pdf)

18:30-20:00 OBSERVATORY ECOSYSTEM

Paul Booth, Paul Gaskell and Christopher Hughes. The Economics of Data: Quality, Value & Exchange in Web Observatories

Ian Brown, Wendy Hall and Lisa Harris. From search to observation

Discussion of the future Web Observatory R&D agenda

* indicates long papers

Key Dates

Workshop paper deadline: 7th March (23:59 Samoa Standard Time, UTC-11)
Workshop paper notifications: March 26th 2013
Workshop paper final copy hard deadline: April 3rd 2013 (preparation instructions)

Workshop Goals

Numerous research labs around the world are building Web Observatories and conducting studies within them, many highly advanced, but typically developed in isolation. The objectives of the workshop are therefore:
  1. A forum for reporting, presenting, and evaluating this work and disseminating new approaches to advance the discipline;
  2. An opportunity to explore how Web Observatories might in the future interoperate - be that through the exchange of data, metadata, remote access, algorithms, or results;
  3. A venue for critically and constructively evaluating and verifying the operation of Web Observatories and the results that flow from them;
  4. Inauguration of a workshop series for the Web Observatory research community, setting the agenda for research in the field.

Topics

Topics of interest for the workshop include but are not limited to:

  • What is required of an Observatory so it can be used for empirical research of Web associated phenomena? What is the taxonomy of Web Observatories?
  • What software and services are required to build a Web Observatory?
  • How can we analyse and visualise the vast quantity of data captured by the Web Observatory? Can we construct computational models for these systems?
  • How can we use the Web as a tool to study real world events and situations?
  • What kinds of temporal models and methods do we need to access and explore the diachronic Web?
  • Which methods of semantic enrichment are needed to allow ease exploration of Web Observatory data sets and corpora?
  • Can observed patterns and trends of existing communities be applied to aid the formation and evolution of new, more effective and collaborative, shared-interest groups?
  • How can I use observatory tools to explore emerging communities / activities on the Web?
  • Can non-consumptive methods play a role in opening Web Observatories to researchers?
  • How can Web Observatories share or exchange datasets, tooling, and methods?
  • What are the ethical, legal, and commercial implications of Web Observatories as a research resource? How might these be addressed?
  • How do I know the data from a Web Observatory is correct? What methods are required for validation and corroboration?

Submissions

We invite full papers (8 pages) or short / position papers (2-4 pages). Please produce your paper using the ACM template and submit to WOW2013 on EasyChair by 7th March 2013. Accepted papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library (see preparation instructions).

Organisers

Chairs

David De Roure, University of Oxford, UK
Wolfgang Nejdl, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Publicity and Proceedings

Megan Meredith-Lobay, University of Oxford
Kevin Page, University of Oxford

Advisors

Wendy Hall, University of Southampton
Noshir Contractor, Northwestern University
James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Executive Program Committee

Tat-Seng Chua, National University of Singapore
Thanassis Tiropanis, University of Southampton
Steffen Staab, Universität Koblenz
J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois

Numerous research labs around the world are building Web Observatories and conducting studies within them, many highly advanced, but typically developed in isolation. The objectives of the workshop are therefore:

  1. A forum for reporting, presenting, and evaluating this work and disseminating new approaches to advance the discipline;
  2. An opportunity to explore how Web Observatories might in the future interoperate - be that through the exchange of data, metadata, remote access, algorithms, or results;
  3. A venue for critically and constructively evaluating and verifying the operation of Web Observatories and the results that flow from them;
  4. Inauguration of a workshop series for the Web Observatory research community, setting the agenda for research in the field.
About the workshop

The second International Web Observatory Workshop (WOW2014) is being held on 8th April 2014 in conjunction with the 23nd International World Wide Web Conference in Seoul, Korea, 7th-11th, April 2014.