[Air-L] CfP: Hypertext Workshop on Social Media Archiving - deadline approaching

Heravi, Bahareh bahareh.heravi at deri.org
Mon Jun 8 16:26:29 PDT 2015

International Workshop on Social Media Archiving (#SMArchiving2015)

Northern Cyprus – 1 September 2015

At the 26th ACM Hypertext and Social Media Conference.


Important Dates

Paper submission: 12 June 2015

Notification to authors: 10 July 2015

Camera-ready: 17 July 2015

Workshop date: 1 September 2015


The exponential growth of social media as a central communication practice has changed the information landscape. Social media is agile when it comes to breaking news, and expansive in its ability to document social events from a wider variety of voices than traditional media. From a news media perspective, social media has been adopted as a significant source by professional journalists, and conversely, citizens are able to use social media as a form of direct reportage. Broadly, social media content now forms a significant part of the digital content generated every day, and provides a platform for voices that would not reach the broader public through traditional journalistic media alone. In this emerging environment, citizen microblogs and other user generated content constitute an important part of history and popular memory, in particular when attempting to capture significant events and the varied perspectives that accompany these events.

The flow of citizen generated reporting through social media is ephemeral and disordered; it quickly becomes inaccessible if not captured and stored in an organised fashion. This is in contrast to traditional journalism, which has well-developed archival practices, enabling researchers to reuse and rediscover content. If social media is not preserved, or if it is preserved without careful attention to subsequent access and discoverability, there is a risk of losing the diversity this rich social narrative contributes to traditional news media, and more broadly, to our socio-cultural record. Therefore, this new landscape calls for technologies and methodologies to:

1) Rapidly and efficiently capture, filter and verify content in a way that generates immediate value for journalistic and research purposes;

2) Properly annotate and archive this information for longer-term preservation;

3) Provide access to archived social media for scholarly research, and for reuse in the news life-cycle (e.g. for contextualisation, investigative reporting or comprehensive storytelling.)

This workshop addresses a variety of research questions from both theoretical and pragmatic perspectives. For example, what technologies can we use for filtering, aggregating and contextualising social media content? How can we assess the veracity of social media content and sources? What moral, legal, and ethical issues arise in social media archiving? What are the methodological considerations in organising and interpreting the social media ‘record’ of an event? What data models should be employed for archiving and preservation, and how should metadata be structured? What does this record contribute to our larger understanding of communication and media? How can rigorous archiving and preservation of social media help researchers and journalists in their work on social movements, citizen engagement, political events, and network formation?

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Social media archiving and annotation

- Metadata for social media archiving

- The role of user generated content in the news production life-cycle

- Citizen Journalism and the Archive

- Veracity, trust and provenance of social media sources and content

- Event and topic detection and clustering

- Social network and community analysis

- Semantic Web and Linked Data technologies for archival, discovery and enrichment of social media content

- Story curation, contextualisation and recommendation

- Ethical challenges in archiving and broadcasting social media content


Bahareh Heravi<mailto:bahareh.heravi at insight-centre.org>, Insight @NUI Galway, Ireland - @Bahareh360<https://twitter.com/Bahareh360>

Natalie Harrower<mailto:n.harrower at ria.ie>, Digital Repository of Ireland, Ireland - @NatalieHarrower<https://twitter.com/natalieharrower>

Stefan Decker<mailto:Stefan.Decker at insight-centre.org>, Insight @NUI Galway, Ireland - @StefanjDecker<https://twitter.com/stefanjdecker>


We welcome full papers on original research that present novel ideas, and we also encourage the submission of short papers on research in progress, which present the early stages of cutting-edge research and development. Position papers on new work and industry papers are also welcome.

The Workshop Proceedings will be published in the ACM Hypertext Extended Proceedings that will be published open-access at CEUR-WS.

Papers submitted should be at most 6 pages long for full research papers and 4 pages long for short papers (position and research in progress papers).

Papers must be formatted according to the official ACM SIG Proceedings Template.

Papers must be submitted in PDF format electronically via EasyChair<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smarchiving2015> by 12th June 2015 at 23:59 Hawaiian Standard time.

At least one author must be registered order secure publication in the Conference Proceedings.

Programme Committee

Jefferson Bailey, Internet Archive, USA
Jessica Bushey, University of British Columbia, Canada
Niels Brügger, Aarhus University, Denmark
Cosmin Cabulea, Deutsche Welle, Germany
Kathryn Cassidy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Sandra Collins, Digital Repository of Ireland, Ireland
Helen Hockx-Yu, British Library, UK
Amin Mantrach, Y! Labs, Spain
Jarred McGinnis, Logomachy, UK
Edward Summers, University of Maryland, USA

Dr. Bahareh R. Heravi
Group Leader, Digital Humanities and Journalism, Insight @NUI Galway

Adjunct Lecturer & Programme Board Member of Journalism Studies

National University of Ireland, Galway
Tel: +353 91 495727<tel:%2B353%2091%20495727>
Web: http://bahareh.net/

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