NLP+CSS at WebSci 2016

NLP+CSS workshop at Web Science 2016
May 22, 2016, Hannover, Germany.


This workshop will consist of invited talks, and presentations and a poster session for submitted papers.

Language is perhaps the most salient outcome of complex social processes. We do not expect teenagers to speak like senior citizens, and we recognize the mutual dependency between language and social factors. Although this interdependence is at the core of models in both natural language processing (NLP) and (computational) social sciences (CSS), these two fields still exist largely in parallel, holding back research insights and potential applications.  

This workshops aims to advance the joint computational analysis of social sciences and language by explicitly connecting social scientists, network scientists, NLP researchers, and industry partners.  Our focus is squarely to integrate CSS with current trends and techniques in NLP and to continue the progress of CSS through socially-informed NLP for the social sciences. This workshop proposal offers a first step towards identifying ways to improve CSS standard practices with insights from NLP.

We invite research on any of the following general topics, with an emphasis on drawing data and methods from the web and social media:

  • Application of NLP tools to computational social science problems

  • Predictive modeling of extra-linguistic attributes (age, gender, location, etc.)

  • NLP models that incorporate extra-linguistic social information

  • Validity and evaluation of social science methods in NLP, and vice versa

  • Privacy and ethical implications of demographic inference

  • The end of social theory in the time of big data

  • Interaction between social science theory and industry (e.g. feature engineering)

Areas of interest include all levels of linguistic analysis, network science, and social sciences, including (but not limited to): political science, geography, public health, economics, psychology, sociology, sociolinguistics, phonology, syntax, pragmatics, and stylistics.


Important Dates

  • March 25, 2016: submission deadline via EasyChair

  • April 2, 2016: submission deadline via EasyChair

  • April 17, 2016: notification date

  • April 31, 2016: Camera Ready submission

  • May 22, 2016: Workshop at WebSci-2016 in Hannover, Germany


Submission Details


We invite both long and short papers of interest to be submitted through EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nlpcss2016.  Long papers should present new and substantial contributions related to the workshop’s theme.  Short papers may be a small and focused contribution or describe a work in progress.  While all submissions will be peer reviewed equally, authors can choose a non-archival submission to allow for later publication.  The best papers of the workshop will be invited to submit to a special journal issue on NLP and CSS.


Papers will follow the ACM Style guidelines.  Long papers are recommended to be 8 pages, with a maximum length of 10 pages including references; short papers are recommended to 4 pages with a maximum length of 5.

Format and Schedule

This full day workshop will include

  • Multiple talks from invited speakers

  • Two sessions of short-form talks from the best papers

  • A poster session for all papers


We intend to draw invited speakers from diverse fields relating to web science, social science, and sociology in order to bring outside perspectives on the problems relevant to the field.  Our current program committee provides a sample of prominent researchers in these areas who will potentially be invited.