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The deadline for position papers for this workshop is January 10, 2006.

Social Visualization:
Exploring Text, Audio, and Video Interactions

Hosted at CHI 2006
April 22-27 2006
Montreal, Canada

Aim of the Workshop
Our networked environment has provided us with many opportunities for
mediated interaction. The immensity of data existing in email archives,
blogs, voice-over IP, and camera footage is increasing and is often
stored for future perusal. These connections are multiplying and many of
them such as webcams exist 24 hours, seven days a week. Information
visualization is one way to "describe" our online environments and make
interaction patterns and connections salient.

This workshop is aimed at understanding and creating social
visualizations, that is, visualizations of social data for social purposes.

Social data can be thought of as the traces that people leave as they go
about their daily routine. These data may come from different sources
such as the online world (i.e. email archives, IM logs, blog postings,
etc.) and the physical world (i.e. captured through sensors such as
voice by microphone, movement and location data by camera, GPS, cell
station, etc.). Visualizations of these kinds of data can be used for
increasing awareness of one's social environment, highlighting cues
implicit in communication, or for documenting patterns of activity over

We will focus on three areas of social visualization:

1. Textual Online Interactions
What are innovative ways of visualizing textual interactions in online
environments? Given new online social environments where threaded
conversation is not the focal point of interaction - such as blogs and
wikis - how can visualization aid social legibility?

2. Audio Visualizations
Despite the ubiquity of email, mediated communication does not happen
solely via textual media. Improvements in bandwidth and the growing
adoption rates of voice-over IP (VoIP) systems such as ‘Skype’ have
increased audio presence online and within physical spaces. What happens
when the social data of visualizations is audio? Can visualizations of
audio help a user navigate the audio through time? Can abstracted audio
visualizations provide enough privacy for the user in a public space?

3. Video Visualizations
How can we depict endless hours of video footage in meaningful and
convenient ways? It is not unusual to think there may be several cameras
on any one person at one time. If people wore cameras as well, how would
they document the highlights of their day, year, life?

Individuals interested in participating in the workshop should submit a
position paper (2-4 pages long) describing work in one or more of the
topic areas above. Papers should conform to the CHI 2006 Extended
Abstracts format (

The workshop organizers will review position papers. One goal of the
workshop is to nurture various perspectives on the creation and
application of social visualizations. Attention will be paid to
representing a diverse spectrum of positions. The workshop will be
limited to 15 participants.

All workshop attendees should register for the CHI conference.

Submissions should be emailed by January 10, 2006 to:
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Intended Audience
- Researchers who work in established areas of information visualization
(e.g. social networks, time series) or whose work in the social sciences
involves looking at mediated interactions.

- Industry experts, interaction and system designers, and user
researchers who are working in industry.

- Artists whose work involves visualizing mediated social interactions.

Important Dates
Jan 10, 2006: Paper Submission Deadline
Feb 10 2006: Author Notification
Mar 01, 2006: Camera Ready Copies due
Apr 23, 2006: Workshop at CHI

- Dr. Karrie G. Karahalios, University of Illinois, USA
- Dr. Fernanda B. Viégas, IBM Research, USA

Workshop Committee
Tom Erickson, IBM Research
Liane Judd, Packard Judd Kaye
Wendy Kellogg, IBM Research
Warren Sack, University of California, Santa Cruz
Martin Wattenberg, IBM Research

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