Words and Networks: Language Use in Socio-Technical Networks (WON 2012)
Workshop at 2012 ACM Web Science Conference

Schedule, Call for Papers, Organizers and Committee


Time: June 22, 2012, 9am-12.50 pm
Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Donald P. Jacobs Center, Room 1246 http://maps.northwestern.edu/#latlngz=42.054%2C-87.676%2C18&lookupid=126
Details: http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~jdiesner/calls/WON_2012.html

Workshop Program
8.15    Coffee and light breakfast
9.05    Joshua Introne and Sean Goggins: Tracing Knowledge Evolution in Online Forums [PDF]
9.25   Caroline Haythornthwaite: Words and Learning Networks [PDF]
9.45   James Danowski: Professional Association Networks Based on Semantic Similarity of Papers Presented in Divisions versus Formal Membership Networks [PDF]
10.05  Bernie Hogan: The vocal minority: Local self-representation through co-editing on Wikipedia in the Middle East and North Africa [PDF]
10.25  Dmitry Zinoviev, Dan Stefanescu, Lance Swenson and Gary Fireman:
Semantic Networks of Interests in Online NSSI Communities [PDF]
10.45 Coffee
11.10 Jana Diesner and Kathleen Carley: Impact of Relation Extraction Methods from Text Data on Network Data and Analysis Results [PDF]
11.30 Marc Smith: System Presentation: Semantic and Social Network Analysis of Social Media with NodeXL [PDF]
11.40 David Reitter: Lexical Language Evolution in Networked Human Groups [PDF]
12.00 Kyle Marek-Spartz, Paula Chesley and Hannah Sande: Construction of the Gmane corpus for examining the diffusion of lexical innovations [PDF]
12.20 Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil: Linguistic style coordination and social relations in online interactions [PDF]
12.40 Discussion: WON - a forum for work on network analysis based on linguistic content?

End of workshop: 12.50 pm

Friday evening: Dinner with workshop participants

Call for Papers

We solicit short papers for a workshop on research at the nexus of text analysis and network analysis. The half-day workshop will be held at the 2012 ACM Web Science Conference in Evanston, IL, on June 22nd.
While text analysis and network analysis have evolved into mature yet still quickly advancing fields, new work at their intersection emerges that enhances our understanding of the transformative role that language can play in networks and the relationship between information and networks. By jointly considering text data and network data we can analyze networks along multiple dimensions of human behavior. This has facilitated eminent work on collective problem solving through information propagation, language change, and the adoption of beliefs and sentiments, to name a few areas. The overarching goal with this workshop is to bring together people that bridge the gap between text analysis and network analysis, and to discuss current advances and challenges in this new field.

PDF version of Call for papers

What and how to submit:
We welcome short papers (2-6 pages) on algorithmic, methodological and applied empirical work that considers text data and network data. We are also interested in computational solutions that support this process.
Please submit your paper via EasyChair.
Please use the Word or LaTeX templates for WebSci12 for you submission.

Topics of interest include:

  • Semantic network analysis
  • Information networks
  • Mental maps
  • Joint utilization of natural language processing or computational linguistics and network analysis, e.g. in the context of social media analytics
  • Evolution and change of language, trust and reputation in online and offline settings

Important dates:
May 21: Short papers due
May 31: Acceptance notes sent out
June 17: Final version of short papers due
June 22: Workshop
June 22-24: Web Science Conference, Evanston, Illinois, USA

Jana Diesner
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The iSchool/ Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Web: http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~jdiesner/

David Reitter
Carnegie Mellon University, Dept. of Psychology
and Penn State, College of Information Sciences and Technology
Web: http://www.david-reitter.com

Program Committee:
Christian Baden, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
Moira Burke, Facebook
Lee Giles, Penn State University
Scott Golder, Cornell University
Georg Groh, Technical University Munich
Anatoliy Gruzd, Dalhousie University
Peter Landwehr, Carnegie Mellon University
Winter Mason, Stevens Institute of Technology
Eduarda Mendes Rodrigues, University of Porto
Wouter van Atteveldt, University Amsterdam
John Yen, Penn State University

Additional Information:

  • Question: Can I register for the workshop only, but not the entire conference?
    Answer: Yes, you can.
  • Related event: Language and Network Science Workshop at NetSci 2012, June 18th (organized by Michael S. Vitevitch, University of Kansas)


"Words and Networks" Workshop at
ACM Web Science 2012 Conference