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Welcome to ACM Web Science 2015

Sunday 28th June - Wednesday 1st July 2015 at the University of Oxford

The 2015 conference is over. Thank you to everyone who contributed: authors, speakers, keynotes, panellists, artists, chairs, reviewers, volunteers, sponsors, and the Oxford e-Research Centre and Keble College staff... everyone who made it such a great conference. Check out the photos.
We look forward to seeing you in Hannover, Germany for WebSci16, organized by L3S Research Center.

The 2015 ACM Web Science conference WebSci'15 is being held at the Oxford e-Research Centre and Keble College, Oxford, with an excellent programme of over 60 papers and posters, alongside seven exciting Web Science workshops, plus keynotes, panels and Late Breaking Research. The conference runs from Sunday 28 June to Wednesday 1 July, and is the seventh in the conference series organised by the Web Science Trust, following events in Athens, Raleigh, Koblenz, Evanston, Paris, and Indiana. Follow us on #WebSci15

Web Science is the emergent study of the people and technologies, applications, processes and practices that shape and are shaped by the World Wide Web. Web Science aims to draw together theories, methods and findings from across academic disciplines, and to collaborate with industry, business, government and civil society, to develop our knowledge and understanding of the Web: the largest socio-technical infrastructure in human history. This year's paper sessions are themed around Politics & Culture, Data Challenges, Online Social Behaviour, Innovating Methods, Ethics, Digital Narratives, and Social Safety and Wellbeing.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Markus Strohmaier, Professor of Web-Science at the Faculty of Computer Science at University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

Professor Mia Consalvo, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design at Concordia University in Montreal

Professor Rachel Gibson, Professor of Political Science, University of Manchester

Individual workshops also have keynote speakers.


Web Science and the Rise of the Internet of Things - does Web Science have a Cyberphysical Future? Our opening panel on Sunday 28 June in the e-Research Centre is a future look with Alan Dix (Birmingham), Tat-Seng Chua (National University of Singapore), Kristine Gloria (RPI), Thanassis Tiropanis (Southampton), and Samantha McGregor (ESRC), chaired by David De Roure.

Ethical Web Science on Monday 29 June, in Keble College, debated by Marina Jirotka (Oxford), Alan Winfield (UWE), Michelle Brook (The Democratic Society), and Hans Akkermans (VU University Amsterdam). with Susan Halford in the chair.


Conference attendees have an opportunity to engage with exciting new concepts in Art & Web Science, with ‘live’ exhibitions designed to stimulate debate around the visual representations of the Web and Web research. There will also be the world première performance of PING (Poetry IN Geometry), a new work by renowned artist Lin Hsin Hsin. The Art exhibits will be in the Oxford e-Research Centre.

Thank you to our supporters

The conference is sponsored by ACM SIGWEB, and the conference series is organised by the Web Science Trust. This year we are especially grateful for  additional support from the Bodleian LibrariesESRC and Now publishers.


Conference Organisation

WebSci'15 is hosted in the University of Oxford by the Oxford e-Research Centre.

Conference Chair
David De Roure, Professor of e-Research, University of Oxford, UK

Programme Chairs
Christine L. Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA
Pete Burnap, School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University, UK
Susan Halford, Professor of Sociology, Web Science Institute, University of Southampton, UK

Executive Chair

Tat Seng Chua, Professor at the School of Computing, National University of Singapore

Workshops Chair

Ilaria Liccardi, MIT and University of Oxford

Proceedings Chair

Iain Emsley, University of Oxford

Programme Committee

William Allen, University of Oxford
Fabricio Benevenuto, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)
Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems, Inc
Paolo Boldi, Università degli Studi di Milano
Niels Brügger, Aarhus University
Carlos Castillo, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Lu Chen, Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University
Pasquale De Meo, VU University, Amsterdam
Pnina Fichman, IU
Matteo Gagliolo, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Bruno Gonçalves, Aix-Marseille Université
Bernhard Haslhofer, AIT-Austrian Institute of Technology
Geert-Jan Houben, TU Delft
Jeremy Hunsinger, Wilfrid Laurier University
Ajita John, Avaya Labs
Robert Jäschke, L3S Research Center
Renaud Lambiotte, University of Namur
Matthieu Latapy, CNRS
Silvio Lattanzi, Google
Vili Lehdonvirta, University of Oxford
Sune Lehmann, Technical University of Denmark
Kristina Lerman, University of Southern California
David Liben-Nowell, Carleton College
Massimo Marchiori, UNIPD and UTILABS
Luca Maria Aiello, Yahoo Labs
Dan McQuillan, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dhiraj Murthy, Goldsmiths, University of London
Mirco Musolesi, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham
Catherine Pope, University of Southampton
Alison Powell, London School of Economics
Daniel Romero, University of Michigan
Matthew Rowe, Lancaster University
Giancarlo Ruffo, Universita' di Torino
Derek Ruths, McGill University
Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute
Xiaolin Shi, Microsoft Corporation
Elena Simperl, University of Southampton
Philipp Singer, Knowledge Management Institute
Marc Smith, Connected Action Consulting Group
Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau
Mark Weal, University of Southampton
Ingmar Weber, Qatar Computing Research Institute
Matthew Weber, Rutgers University
Lilian Weng, Indiana University
Christopher Wienberg, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California

Event management
Clementine Harris, University of Oxford, UK

Adi Himpson, University of Oxford, UK

Conference Prizewinners

Best paper prize:
Mining cross-cultural relations from Wikipedia - A study of 31 European food cultures
Paul Laufer, Claudia Wagner, Fabian Flöck and Markus Strohmaier

Best poster prize:
Infowar on the Web: When the Caliphate goes Online
Sabrine Saad, Muriel Chamoun and Stéphane B. Bazan