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SocInfo 2020 : Call for workshops: The 12th International Conference on Social Informatics


When Oct 6, 2020 - Oct 9, 2020
Where Pisa, Italy
Submission Deadline Apr 30, 2020
Notification Due May 15, 2020
Categories    computer science   social sciences   management sciences   informatics

Call For Papers

International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo2020)
06-09 Oct. 2020
Pisa, Italy

Important Dates
* Submission deadline: 30 April 2020
* Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2020
* Tutorials day: 06 October 2020

About SocInfo2020
The International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo2020) is an interdisciplinary venue that brings together researchers from the computational and social sciences to help fill the gap between the two communities. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum to help practitioners from the two disciplines define common research objectives and explore methodologies. The organizers welcome a broad range of contributions, from those that apply methods from the social sciences to the study of socio-technical systems, to the application of computational methods to the study of complex social processes and the use of social concepts in the design of information systems.

SocInfo2020 offers an opportunity for the dissemination of knowledge between the two communities by soliciting presentations of original research papers and experience-based case studies in computer science, sociology, psychology, political science, anthropology, economics, linguistics, artificial intelligence, social network analysis, and other disciplines that can shed light on the open questions in the growing field of computational social science.

SocInfo2020 will also offer keynote talks and invited talks that will be tailored to enhance the collaboration between the two research cultures in an era when social interactions are ubiquitous and span offline, online and augmented reality worlds.

The SocInfo2020 Committee invites proposals for the Workshops Day of the conference. All workshops will be held on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020, in Pisa, Italy (at the same venue as the main conference).

Workshops should provide participants an opportunity to discuss issues with a selected focus. They can address conceptual, methodological, or practical topics that are of interest to members of the social informatics community, including those from computer science, information science, social science, and computational social science disciplines. To foster interaction and exchange of ideas, all workshops will be kept small, with up to a maximum of 35/40 participants.

Although workshop organizers will be provided flexibility in terms of the format of their workshop, we discourage organizing workshops as mini-conferences dominated by long talks and short discussions. Instead, we encourage organizers to create workshop plans incorporating different types of activities, such as, for example, games, brainstorming sessions, or opportunities for networking. We particularly encourage workshop themes that promote interdisciplinary discussion and provide the opportunity for those working in different fields represented at Social Informatics, including developers and practitioners, to participate.

Please email your proposal in a single pdf file to the workshop chairs at before the deadline. For additional information please contact the workshop chairs at the same address. All the deadlines are at 23:59:59 Anywhere on Earth Time.

Proposals Format & Content
The format of workshops will be determined by their organizers. The workshop chairs will review each submission and select those with the highest scores on originality, interdisciplinarity, coherence with the conference aims, and ability to attract an audience.

Proposals for workshops should be no more than 5 pages in length (10pt, single column, with reasonable margins), written in English, and should contain the following:
* A concise title.
* The names, affiliations, and contact information of the organizers. The main contact author should be specified. A typical proposal should include no more than four co-chairs.
*Proposed duration of the workshop – half or full-day (3-4 hours or 6-7 hours).
* A short abstract describing the scope and main objective/goal of the workshop. Identify the specific issues and/or research questions the workshop will focus on, with a brief discussion of (1) why the workshop topic is important; (2) why the workshop is timely; and (3) how it is relevant to social informatics.
* A two/three paragraph description of the workshop topic and themes.
* A description of the proposed workshop format and a detailed list of proposed activities, with special emphasis on those activities that distinguish it from a mini-conference (e.g., tutorials, breakout discussions, games, brainstorming sessions, challenges, group activities).
* An approximate timeline of the activities.
* A description of how workshop submissions will be evaluated and selected (invited contributions, peer review, etc.). In case a PC is needed, provide a tentative list of the members. An indication of the maximum number of participants and a description of when workshop submissions will be selected: by the time of registration, by some predefined criteria or else.
* Historical information about the workshop, if available. Short description of the previous editions reporting highlights and details about the approximate number of attendees and number of submissions.
A list of other related workshops held previously at related conferences, if any (list does not have to be exhaustive), together with a brief statement on how the proposed workshop differs from or how it follows-up on work presented at previous workshops.
* A short bio for each member of the organizing committee, including a description of their relevant expertise. Strong proposals include organizers who bring differing perspectives to the workshop topic and who are actively connected to the communities of potential participants.
* A list of the equipment and supplies needed to run the workshop.
Additionally, we encourage workshop organizers to create web-based resources for their workshops so that advertising, submission, and organization can be handled online.

Workshop Chairs
Giulio Rossetti, ISTI-CNR, Italy
Rémy Cazabet, University of Lyon, France

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