Call for Papers – Intl. Workshop on Social Media Applications in News and Entertainment (SMANE 2012) in conjunction with World Wide Web Conference 2012
Lyon, April 16, 2012

*Aims and Scope*
The aim of this workshop is to encourage discussion and
sharing of ideas and research results on social media
research, techniques, and applications, in two crucial
areas: News and Entertainment. The workshop offers an
opportunity to promote interdisciplinary research in
these areas, not only between industry and academia,
but also involving different fields (computer science,
journalism, psychology, sociology, economics, history,
cultural anthropology, business). News and entertainment
have received huge impact from social media technologies,
and yet there are many open technical and social challenges.

SMANE 2012 is accepting proposals addressing some of the
research challenges we face in developing new methodologies,
including data mining and information extraction from
large-scale unstructured social data, real-time aspects,
local vs. global events and news discovery, aggregation of
information from heterogeneous sources, propagation of
information within social networks, and information visualization.
We are also interested in understanding how different technical
approaches can be used to enhance our understanding of user
behavior in social media within the specified contexts.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* Data mining and information extraction from large-scale
social media related to news and entertainment
* Real-time aspects, efficient implementations and architectures
in news and entertainment applications
* Integration of professional and social media sources
in news and entertainment
* Psychological, sociological, and cultural factors
in consumption and production of news and entertainment
* News discovery and serendipity through social media
* Information visualization
* Business models and business needs of social media
in news and entertainment services
* Case studies including large-scale data analysis of
important news and cultural events
* Novel systems and applications

*Paper Submission*
We welcome contributions on related theory, methodology, and
algorithms. We also welcome position papers and interesting
applications and demos. The papers should follow the same
format as the WWW2012 Conference proceedings (ACM SIG format).
All research, applications and position papers should be up
to 6 pages maximum. For submission please use the SMANE2012
Easychair page (

For more information:

*Important Dates*
– 1 February 2012: Paper Submission
– 28 February 2012: Notification of acceptance
– 16 March 2012: Camera Ready paper
– 16 April 2012: Workshop

Yiannis Kompatsiaris, CERTH-Informatics and Telematics Institute, Greece
Alejandro Jaimes, Yahoo! Research, Spain
Daniel Gatica-Perez, Idiap & EPFL, Switzerland
Jochen Spangenberg, Deutsche Welle, Germany