ICWSM 2017 on May 15, 2017, in Montreal, Canada, in partnership with the IUSSP Panel on Big Data and Population Processes. We would like to invite contributions from colleagues interested in Computational Demography. We encourage submissions from researchers who wish to present their work, as well as the attendance of scholars interested in broadening their exposure to the topic.
Demography has been a data-driven discipline since its birth. Data collection and the development of formal methods have sustained most of the major advances in our understanding of population processes. The global spread of Social Media has generated new opportunities for demographic research, as individuals leave an increasing quantity of traces online that can be aggregated and mined for population research. At the same time, the use of Social Media and Internet are affecting people’s daily activities as well as life planning, with implications for demographic behavior.
There are clear benefits inherent in connecting demography and data science. As ever more complex population-level data become available, demography can offer rigorously-developed concepts, measures and methods to those involved in the ‘big social data’ revolution. As social media services become a major source of social scientific data, the interaction with data science holds great potential to advance demographic research as well. Despite the great potential involved in these interactions, there is unfortunately very limited communication between population researchers and data scientists. This workshop is intended to favor communication and exchange between the two communities and would revolve around the main theme of applications and implications of social media for demographic research. Topics that are relevant for the workshop include, but are not limited to:
Participants who would like to present must submit an extended abstract (2-4 pages) or a full paper via EasyChair by March 16, 2017 (see important dates). The submissions will be evaluated by the Organizing Committee on the basis of quality and fit to the workshop theme. Accepted abstracts and papers will be presented as short presentations, lightning talks or posters. Participants who are interested in attending but do not submit a research paper or a position paper should submit a paragraph explaining why they are interested in participating, what they would gain from participation, and how they can contribute to the workshop.
There will be no formal Proceedings for the abstracts and papers submitted. However, authors of high quality submissions will be invited to submit their paper to a special issue on Social Media and Demographic Research of the open access journal Demographic Research - one of the top journals in the field. The issue would include a selection of peer-reviewed papers presented at workshops organized in collaboration with the IUSSP Panel on Big Data and Population Processes.
For questions about the workshop, please email the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.