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The 2nd When the City Meets the Citizens Workshop:
Big Data and the Study of the Urban Habitat

Boston, July 11th 2013 (WCMCW)
In conjunction with the International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social
Media (ICWSM)

Social media analysis can play a key role in providing insights into
people's activities, opinions and day-to-day lives. When they are
geolocated, these user-generated information streams become a unique
opportunity to understand the rhythms and tenors of a city and its
citizens. By applying computational, social science, and humanities methods
to social media data such as photos, tweets and check-ins, researchers are
now beginning to conceive of new methodological and theoretical frameworks
not only to extract local insights but, more importantly, to better
understand cities and their residents.

Following the success of last year's first WCMCW held in Dublin, this
workshop aims to understand the various ways social media data can be used
to produce knowledge about cities that supports citizen engagement.

The WCMC workshop will involve discussions on topics such as (but not
limited to):

   - Improving understandings of the city through mining social media
   - Use of social media to engage citizens (for example, through game
   - Visualizations and interfaces to enable exploration of city data
   - Mobilizing communities through social media
   - Pervasive applications for user interaction and data collection
   - Disaster recovery and coordination using social media
   - Enabling citizen and NGO initiatives through social media
   - Methodology for quality evaluation and validation of user generated
   - Privacy and ethical concerns in citizen engagement

Our aim is to facilitate a session that encourages computer scientists,
industry professionals, academic researchers, architects, urban planners,
government officials, hackers, artists, and other interested participants
to work together to explore timely questions relating to social media, big
data, citizen engagement and the creation of smarter cities. We will
encourage interdisciplinary collaboration so that participants can work
together to create a common understanding of how social media data might
address contemporary urban issues.

Participants will have the opportunity to showcase projects; discuss
theoretical, methodological, ethical, and political questions in regard to
the study of urban life through the prism of social media data; and
participate in a brainstorming “data hacking” session where participants
will collaboratively tackle a specific social media dataset.

All contributions must be submitted as PDF files. The workshop accepts
novel research or work-in-progress papers (no longer than 4 pages) or
position papers (no longer than 2 pages). All papers must be submitted by
the deadlines provided below and formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready
style (see the author instructions page). All submitted papers will be
reviewed and judged on originality, technical correctness, relevance, and
quality of presentation by the Program Committee. All accepted submissions
must be presented during the workshop. Please submit papers to EasyChair
WCMCW2013 (
Paper submission deadline: March 18, 2013
Paper acceptance notifications: March 26, 2013

Elizabeth M. Daly, IBM Research, Ireland / Co-Chair
Raz Schwartz, Rutgers University, USA / Co-Chair
David Millen, IBM Research, USA
Ingrid Erickson, Rutgers University, USA
Brian Keegan, Northeastern University, USA
Germaine Halegoua, University of Kansas, USA

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