SocInfo 2016 Workshop

Actionable images: From visualization to research narratives

14th November 2016, Bellevue, WA, USA

Organizing committee

Daniel Angus, The University of Queensland,
Anushka Anand, Tableau Research,
Katy Pearce, University of Washington,
Marc A. Smith, Social Media Research Foundation,

A workshop on social scientific visualisation technologies for non-programmers will be held at the 8th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2016) in Bellevue, WA, USA, on November 14th, 2016. SocInfo attracts researchers from Computer Science, Informatics, Social Sciences and Management Sciences who study the interplay between socially-centric platforms and social phenomena.

Social scientific visualisation technologies are a transformative force within the social sciences, through their ability to provide support for researchers’ analytic sense-making, and by helping communicate research findings to audiences in ways that words alone cannot achieve. The ‘Actionable images’ workshop is intended to provide a forum for discussion of current and emerging social scientific visualisation technologies, practices, and theory; and for practical demonstrations of toolkits pitched at non-programmers.

This workshop will focus on demonstrating a variety of tools and workflows that non-programmers can master for the study of social phenomena. Our goal is to wrap standard computational algorithms and processes in easy to use interfaces to facilitate the study of social systems and human social dynamics among people who may not have mastery of programming languages. This workshop focuses on the design and application of visually-driven information and communication technologies that are within the reach of people who mostly click on buttons.

The special purpose of the SocInfo conference this year is to bridge the gap between the social sciences and computer science. Social scientific research is still largely overlooked and under-utilized in computational arenas and social scientists seldom can take advantage of computational instruments and the richness of social data. This SocInfo conference workshop is designed to be attractive to social scientists by shifting emphasis on the methodology and technology needed in the field of computational social science to focus on the applications and immediate research wins from easy to use, end user friendly tools. Our long-term research objectives are to develop technical mastery among social scientists by building easy to use powerful tools. We envision this SocInfo workshop as a venue for researchers who cross the methodological boundaries between informatics and social sciences to identify answer important research questions.

Organized by Daniel Angus, Anushka Anand, Katy Pearce and Marc Smith, this workshop welcomes short papers that demonstrate research on social data using visualization tools that are accessible without programming skills.

Key Dates & Submission Details

• Workshop papers submission: August 27, 2016

• Workshop paper acceptance notification: September 27, 2016

• Workshop final camera-ready paper due: October 14, 2016

• SocInfo 2016 Workshops Day: November 14, 2016

We will be welcoming two types of submissions for the workshop: short papers (8 pages maximum), and A1 posters.

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