The 5th International Workshop on
Natural Language Processing for Social Media
In conjunction with EACL 2017 @ April 3-4, 2017, Valencia, Spain.
With social media services' rise of popularity, including general-purpose Microblogs such as Facebook, Twitter, and Plurk, goal-oriented services such as Linkedln (for professional occupation), Del.icio.us (a social bookmarking service), and Foursquare (a check-in service for mobile devices), and Web 2.0-based large-scale knowledgebase such as Wikipedia and common-sense corpus, now researchers can assess heterogeneous information of the target human/object that includes not only text content but also meta-data, or even the social relationships among persons.
Furthermore, the content on social media and Web 2.0 platforms is different from that on others in terms of style, tone, purpose, etc. For instance, posts on twitter are limited in size, thus can contain jargons, emoticons, or abbreviations which usually do not follow formal grammar. It is not suitable to apply existing natural language techniques on such content because they are not tailored to do so. For instance, standard summarization techniques might not be suitable for Plurk posts that are relatively short and contain responses from multiple friends; and sentiment dictionaries learned from news corpus might not be suitable for sentiment detection tasks on Microblogs.
As it is generally believed social media has become one of the major means for communication and content producing, while such trend is not likely to fade away, being able to process content from social media platforms does bring a lot of values in real-world applications. Furthermore, due to the change of the style to the content and the availability of heterogeneous resources (e.g. social relationship among people) one can obtain, novel NLP techniques that are designed specifically for such platform and can potentially integrate or learn information from different sources are highly demanded. Below we highlight some (non-exclusive) important themes in this direction.
Organizing the SocialNLP workshop in EACL 2017 is four-fold. First, social media analytics is the research topic which is closely related to natural language processing. But with the challenges mentioned above, we resort to the machine learning (ML) community and attempt to find the role of ML and NLP techniques in SocialNLP. In recent NLP-related conferences, no matter to tell from the number of submissions or participants, it is apparent that sentiment analysis and the social media analytics are certainly two of the main research topics. Second, we have a strong program committee (around 100 researchers) this year, in which 88% members have been reviewers for ACL series of conferences, which are top ones for NLP related research, and they can be very helpful in promoting our workshop. Therefore, we believe that the SocialNLP workshop can draw much interest and attract many audiences from potential academic or industrial participants of NLP. We think such high visibility of SocialNLP can bring more participants and submissions to EACL. Third, social media data is essentially generated and collected from online social services, which have accumulated a large number of user-generated social data, i.e., big social data. Processing such big social data with linguistic knowledge and NLP techniques has encountered many important research problems. Through SocialNLP, the cutting edge technology will be introduced to ML researchers, where they might find some inspirations and useful information. Moreover, as SocialNLP has an aim to make data available to the research community and will provide a platform for researchers to share datasets, ML researchers and NLP researchers can get familiar with the data from each other and access them easily. Fourth, user-generated content in social media is mainly in the form of text. Theories and techniques on artificial intelligence and natural language processing are desired for semantic understanding, accurate search, and efficient processing of social media contents. From the perspective of application, novel online applications involving social media analytics and sentiment analysis, such as emergency management, social recommendation, user behavior analysis, user social community analysis and future prediction, are topics that NLP and ML researchers have paid attention to. In short, hosting SocialNLP workshop in EACL will provide mutually-reinforced benefits for researchers in areas of ML techniques, natural language processing and social media analytics. We believe collecting thoughts and comments of these researchers will also bring up many great ideas and opportunities for future research collaborations.
Topics of interests for the workshop include, but are not limited to:
Content analysis on Social Media
Natural language processing on Web 2.0
Sentiment and Opinion Analysis on Social Media
Disaster Management Using Social Media
Models and Tools Development for SocialNLP
SocialNLP review is double-blind. Therefore, please anonymize your submission: do not put the au-thor(s) names or affiliation(s) at the start of the paper, and do not include funding or other acknowl-edgments in papers submitted for review. In addition to regular paper, we call for DATA PAPER this year. A data paper should include the details of the created dataset and an experiment illustrating how to use it. Authors should note it as a data paper using the author field and submit at least partial data as accompanied materials. The created dataset should be able to be downloaded or acquired through an application process freely. If the data paper is accepted, we will list the link for accessing the dataset in the SocialNLP website. Note that the review for data papers is also double-blind and it is authors’ re-sponsibility to avoid revealing their identities.
Papers submitted to this workshop must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere or be under review for another workshop, conference or journal. Papers should be written in English. Each submis-sion will be evaluated by at least 3 program committee members. For SocialNLP@EACL-2017, the workshop proceedings will be published in ACL Anthology.
To pursue high quality submission, we will have a best paper award of SocialNLP 2017 for both venues. The selection process will depend on not only the review comments/ratings, but also the quality of paper that is rated by paper authors. Selected, expanded versions of papers presented at the workshop will be published in two follow-on Special Issues of Springer Journal of Information Science and Engineering (JISE) and the International Journal of Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing (IJCLCLP).
Please note that at least one registration per paper published is required. At the time of submission of the final camera-ready copy, authors will have to indicate the already registered person for that publication.
If you are considering submitting to the workshop and have questions regarding the workshop scope or need further information, please do not hesitate to send e-mail to both lwku [AT] iis.sinica.edu.tw and chengte [AT] mail.ncku.edu.tw. Thanks!