Call for Papers

Come and share your ideas, experience and good practices at the


‘Web Science Education: Sharing experiences and developing community’

Monday, June 29th, 2015

ACM Web Science Conference 2015
Oxford University, Oxford, UK – June 28 – July 1 2015.

Useful info:

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The submission deadline is May 10th, 2015
Notification of acceptance is May 21th, 2015

Submission link:


Present experiences, build theory, share good practice and ideas

We are accepting position papers and poster abstracts up to two pages

As our understanding of web science evolves and our approach to teaching this complex subject emerges academic researchers, practitioners and learners alike will welcome the opportunity to share their evolving understanding and contribute to this important community of practice. This is the seventh in the series of web science education workshops, and we are well aware that not only is web science located explicitly in those institutions who claim web science is their practice, but also present as the authentic practice of many different established disciplines upon which the web is making an impact. We welcome participation from as broad a community as possible. The emphasis in the workshop will be on interaction discussion moving through to action by publication but most important we want to establish new understandings by forging new links. We welcome your submissions and look forward to meeting you in Oxford at web science education 2015.

Themes for this half day workshop include:

The structure of concepts of Web Science education; the nature of MOOCs as Web Science; Interdisciplinary in Web Science Education; Objectives and potential for the MOOC observatory, Experiences of Web Science learners, educators, pedagogy; The future of Web Science Education.

The goals of the workshop are to:

  • Reflect on the current state of the web science curriculum
  • Identify the variety of practices in the web science curriculum across different countries and educational systems
  • Explore the nature of MOOCs as a manifestation of Web Science
  • Identify a working protocol between the wider community and the MOOC Observatory at Southampton
  • Find coherence between different approaches to web science education
  • Identify key objectives for this community of practice and establish an road map for future activities

Workshop format:

The structure of the sessions will be short presentations followed by plenary discussion.

The emphasis during the workshop will be group discussion and community building, rather than on solely the presentation of individual papers.

Each session will have a lead discussant and a rapporteur whose task it is to stimulate the discussion and help shape the discourse to make useful contributions to the final plenary.

Presentation/Participation format:

Paper submissions: Attendees whose position papers are accepted will be invited to make a 6:20 presentation to the workshop in the form of a pecha-kucha (20 image slides of 20 seconds each).

Poster submissions:  Attendees will give a two-minute poster pitch prior to the poster session when there will be an opportunity for all participants to view and discuss the content.

All submissions should be formatted according to the ACM templates.

Publishing your contribution

All accepted contributions and abstracts will be published online through the University of Southampton.  Attendees will be invited to submit a full paper (developed after the workshop or revised from a position paper) for publication subsequent to the workshop. If submissions are of sufficient volume and quality, a special issue in a journal related to the workshop will be sought following the discussions in the workshop.

The submission and review process

All submissions will be handled via EasyChair

  • Position papers and poster abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers.
  • Papers will be selected against the following criteria:
    • Relevance to the chosen theme
    • Contribution to the field

The submission deadline is May 1st, 2015 Notification of acceptance is May 11, 2015

How and what to Submit?

  • Content: position paper or poster abstract
  • File type: Word or PDF document
  • Length: Maximum 2 pages
  • Language: English Language

Specified layout: Submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template (

Please make use of the ACM 1998 classification scheme:

Submission website: submit papers using EasyChair

Dates: a reminder

Submission deadline: May 1st, 2015
Notification of acceptance: May 11th, 2015


Pecha-kucha: the phrase is derived from the Japanese for chitchat. The presentation will consist of 20 image slides of 20 seconds each. This format has been used successfully in past web science conferences.  If you don’t yet know very much about pecha-kuchas then you may find the following useful.

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.

It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”, it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

You might also find this article from the Wired archive interesting

ACM classification

To newcomers, especially those from outside the general ACM community the required classification can be quite a daunting part of the submission process and it’s probably true for quite a few established hands as well.

Here are a few guidelines:

Web science generally is classified as miscellaneous. Depending of the pitch of your submission, it might be that you can choose another general classification.

The different themes on which the workshop is focused can be classified as subcategories and also as keywords.

For example, If you are talking about MOOCs you might use the following:

Categories and Subject Descriptors

  • H.3.5 [Information Storage and Retrieval]: Online Information Services

General Terms

  • Management, Documentation, Economics, Human Factors, Theory, Legal Aspects.


  • MOOC; Web Science; Online Education; Course design

If you’re talking about web science curriculum it could be classified as follows:

Categories and Subject Descriptors

  • K.3.2 [Computing Milieux] Computer and Information Science Education

General Terms

  • Documentation, Design, Human Factors, Standardization.


  • Web Science Curriculum, Web Science Education