The ACM Web Science 2014 Conference was hosted on the beautiful campus of Indiana University, Bloomington from June 23 to June 26, 2014.

Web Science studies the vast information network of people, communities, organizations, applications, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web, the largest artifact constructed by humans in history. Computing, physical, and social sciences come together, complementing each other in understanding how the Web affects our interactions and behaviors.

ACM Web Science 2015 will be held in Oxford, United Kingdom. Previous editions of the conference were held in Athens in 2009, Raleigh, NC in 2010, Koblenz in 2011, Evanston, IL in 2012, and Paris in 2013.

The Proceedings of ACM Web Science 2014 are available on the ACM digital library.

Pictures and slides


Best poster: What Balkanizes the Internet? Access Denied or Access Unwanted. Harsh Taneja (University of Missouri); Angela Xiao Wu (Northwestern University); Sushant Tripathy (Northwestern University).

Best lightning talk: Towards Laws of the 3D-printable Design Web. Spiros Papadimitriou (Rutgers University); Evangelos Papalexakis (Carnegie Mellon University).

Best presentation: Reading the Source Code of Social Ties. Luca Maria Aiello (Yahoo Labs); Rossano Schifanella (Universita' di Torino); Bogdan State (Stanford University).

Honorable mention for student paper: Skim Reading: An Adaptive Strategy for Reading on the Web. Gemma Fitzsimmons (University of Southampton); Mark Weal (University of Southampton); Denis Drieghe (University of Southampton).

Best student paper: Towards tracking and analysing regional alcohol consumption patterns in the UK through the use of social media. Daniel Kershaw (Lancaster University); Matthew Rowe (Lancaster University); Patrick Stacey (Lancaster University).

Best paper: Evolution of online user behavior during a social upheaval. Onur Varol (Indiana University); Emilio Ferrara (Indiana University); Christine Ogan (Indiana University); Filippo Menczer (Indiana University); Alessandro Flammini (Indiana University).


Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Wendy Hall

Dame Wendy Hall is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, and Dean of the Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences. She has been a pioneer in the development of research on multimedia and hypermedia, digital libraries, Semantic Web, and the emerging discipline of Web Science. Her current research includes applications of the Semantic Web and exploring the interface between the life sciences and the physical sciences. In addition to her PhD from Southampton, Hall has honorary degrees from Oxford Brookes University, Glamorgan University, Cardiff University, the University of Pretoria, and the University of Sussex. She has served as Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at Southampton, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science and Technology, founding member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council, President of the British Computer Society, and President of the ACM. She is a Fellow of the ACM, the Royal Society, the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the City and Guilds, and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Through these UK and international leadership roles, Dame Wendy Hall has played a prominent role in shaping science and engineering policy and education. Various news organizations have listed her among the most influential women in IT and in the UK. Among her many honors we note the Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership. Hall is a Founder and the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust.

JP Rangaswami

JP Rangaswami

JP Rangaswami is Chief Scientist at Salesforce.com. He studied Economics and Statistics at St. Xavier's College, University of Calcutta, specializing in developmental economics. With a background in economics and financial journalism, Rangaswami has been a technology innovator and chief information officer for major financial firms, such as British Telecom and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Rangaswami was named CIO of the Year by Waters Magazine and CIO Innovator of the Year by the European Technology Forum. He was named among technology's 50 most influential individuals in the Silicon.com Agenda Setters poll and ranked 18th among Wired Magazine's most influential digital power brokers. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the British Computer Society. Rangaswami is an outspoken advocate of open source and using emerging and disruptive technologies to improve information sharing, education, and collaboration. He has been a leading force in the success of multiple startups, including School of Everything, Salesforce.com, and Ribbit. Rangaswami is passionate (and blogs) about how work is changing: the paradigms created by globalisation, disintermediation, and the Web; publishing, search, fulfillment, and conversation; interactions between telephony, wireless internet, and mobile devices; intellectual property rights and DRM; and how information creates value by being shared, how it is enriched and corrupted.

Laura DeNardis

Laura DeNardis

Laura DeNardis is a scholar of Internet architecture and governance and a Professor of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She is an affiliated fellow of the Yale Information Society Project and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2011. She is a co-founder and co-series editor of the MIT Press Information Society book series and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network. She has previously taught at New York University, in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University, and at Yale Law School. With a background in information engineering (Cornell University) and doctoral training in Science and Technology Studies (Virginia Tech), DeNardis is an expert consultant in Internet governance and architecture to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and government agencies. In the 1990s she was the President of Internet strategy consultancy Atlantic Consulting Group (Falls Church, VA) and previously worked as a computer networking management consultant for Ernst & Young's global information technology practice. Her books include The Global War for Internet Governance (Yale University Press, in press); Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009); and Information Technology in Theory (2007).

Daniel Tunkelang

Daniel Tunkelang

Daniel Tunkelang is Head of Query Understanding at LinkedIn, where he previously formed and led the product data science team. LinkedIn search allows members to find people, companies, jobs, groups and other content. His team aims to provide users with the best possible results that satisfy their information needs and help to get insights from professional data. Tunkelang has BS and MS degrees in computer science and math from MIT, and a PhD in computer science from CMU. He co-founded the annual symposium on human-computer interaction and information retrieval (HCIR) and wrote the first book on Faceted Search (Morgan and Claypool 2009). Prior to joining LinkedIn, Tunkelang was Chief Scientist of Endeca (acquired by Oracle in 2011 for $1.1B) and leader of the local search quality team at Google, mapping local businesses to their home pages. He is the co-inventor of 20 patents.



Please submit papers using EasyChair. See the Call for Papers below for the range of topics and submission types.

Full and short paper and poster submissions should be formatted according to the official ACM SIG proceedings template. Please make use of the ACM 1998 classification scheme, and submit papers using EasyChair.

Submissions do not need to be anonymized.

Camera-ready Instructions

Camera-ready instructions for accepted submissions can be found at the following link.

Call for Papers and Posters

Call for Workshop and Tutorial Proposals

Call for Data Visualization Challenge



Places & Spaces: Mapping Science is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. Maps have an amazing power to help us understand, navigate, and manage both physical places and abstract knowledge spaces. The maps in the Places & Spaces exhibit range from groundbreaking historic maps, including a figurative map of Napolean's march to Moscow, to visualizations on the cutting edge of the most current trends and dynamics, like a map of the US national mood based on tweets and a map illustrating linkages between eight different-language Wikipedias. The exhibit is a 10-year effort, with 10 new maps added each year, culminating in a breathtaking collection of 100 maps submitted by mapmakers across the globe.

Data Challenge

Update: the winners have been announced

The goal of the WebSci2014 Data Challenge is to encourage the submission of innovative visualizations of web data. For this purpose we are providing four publicly available datasets, cash prizes, and a place in the WebSci2014 conference.

This section of the website provides periodic updates on the Challenge. For the deadline, rules, prizes, judging criteria and other details, please see the Call for Participation. For details on the datasets used in the Challenge, see this page.

Panel of judges:

  • David Crandall, Indiana University (Chair)
  • Yong-Yeol Ahn, Indiana University
  • Katy Borner, Indiana University
  • Mark Meiss, Google
  • Dimitar Nikolov, Indiana University
  • Maximilian Schich, University of Texas

Data Challenge Winners

First place

From cortisone to graphene: 60 years of breakthroughs in PubMed publications
Andre Panisson, Data Science Laboratory, ISI Foundation, Torino, Italy
Marco Quaggiotto, Data Science Laboratory, ISI Foundation, Torino, Italy

Honorable mentions

Mapping the Global Twitter Heartbeat
Kalev Leetaru, Georgetown University
Shaowen Wang, University of Illinois
Cuofeng Cao, University of Illinois
Anand Padmanabhan, University of Illinois
Erik Shook, University of Illinois

PUBMED Dataset Visualization
George Gkotsis, Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

Student best entries

#-grams: Twitter Pulse from Hashtag Co-Occurrence Networks
Darshan Santani, Idiap Research Institute and EPFL
Daniel Gatica-Perez, Idiap Research Institute and EPFL

Diseases across the Top Five Languages of the PubMed Database
Angela Zoss, Duke University and Indiana University
Trevor Edelblute, Indiana University
Inna Kouper, Indiana University


The following is the official list of accepted satellite events. All workshops will be held on June 23.

Full day events

Half-day events

Morning (10am - 1pm)

Afternoon (2:30pm - 6pm)

Accepted Papers

Title Type Session When Authors
Translating Surveys to Surveillance on Social Media: Methodological Challenges & Solutions full (20+2m) 1 Tues 10:45 Chao Yang (University of Iowa); Padmini Srinivasan (The University of Iowa)
Rolling through Tumblr: Characterizing Behavioral Patterns of the Microblogging Platform full (20+2m) 1 Tues 11:07 Jiejun Xu (HRL Laboratories, LLC); Ryan Compton (HRL Laboratories, LLC); Tsai-Ching Lu (HRL Laboratories, LLC); David Allen (HRL Laboratories, LLC)
Identifying and Analyzing Researchers on Twitter full (20+2m) 1 Tues 11:29 Asmelash Teka Hadgu (L3S Research Center); Robert Jäschke (L3S Research Center)
Twitter: Who gets Caught? Observed Trends in Social Micro-blogging Spam full (20+2m) 1 Tues 11:51 Abdullah Almaatouq (Center For Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT); Ahmad Alabdulkareem (Center For Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT); Mariam Nouh (Center For Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT); Erez Shmueli (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Mansour Alsaleh (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology); Vivek Singh (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Abdulrahman Alarifi (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology); Anas Alfaris (Center For Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT); Alex Pentland (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
The Impact of Visual Attributes on Online Image Difusion full (20+2m) 2 Tues 1:45 Luam Totti (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais); Felipe Costa (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais); Sandra Avila (Universidade de Campinas); Eduardo Valle (Universidade de Campinas); Wagner Meira Jr. (UFMG); Virgílio Almeida (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
The New Blocs on the Block: Using Community Forums to Foster New Neighbourhoods full (20+2m) 2 Tues 2:07 Elizabeth Daly (IBM Research); Dominik Dahlem (IBM Research); Daniele Quercia (Yahoo)
Mapping the UK Webspace: Fifteen Years of British Universities on the Web full (20+2m) 2 Tues 2:29 Scott Hale (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford); Taha Yasseri (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford); Josh Cowls (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford); Eric Meyer (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford); Ralph Schroeder (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford); Helen Margetts (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)
Country-Level Spatial Dynamics of User Activity: A Case Study in Location-Based Social Networks full (20+2m) 2 Tues 2:51 Anh Le (School of Information Sciences - University of Pittsburgh); Konstantinos Pelechrinis (School of Information Sciences - University of Pittsburgh); Prashant Krishnamurthy (School of Information Sciences - University of Pittsburgh)
Evolution of online user behavior during a social upheaval full (20+2m) 3 Wed 10:45 Onur Varol (Indiana University); Emilio Ferrara (Indiana University); Christine Ogan (Indiana University); Filippo Menczer (Indiana University); Alessandro Flammini (Indiana University)
“I always feel it must be great to be a hacker!” The role of interdisciplinary work in social media research full (20+2m) 3 Wed 11:07 Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences); Katrin Weller (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
Multilinguals and Wikipedia Editing full (20+2m) 3 Wed 11:29 Scott Hale (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)
Motivating Online Engagement and Debates on Energy Consumption full (20+2m) 3 Wed 11:51 Lara Piccolo (Institute of Computing (IC), UNICAMP); Harith Alani (Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), The Open University); Anna De Liddo (knowledge Media Institute (KMi), The Open University); Cecilia Baranauskas (Institute of Computing)
The Graph Structure of the Web aggregated by Pay-Level Domain full (20+2m) 4 Wed 1:45 Oliver Lehmberg (University of Mannheim); Robert Meusel (University of Mannheim); Christian Bizer (University of Mannheim)
“Supertagger” behavior in building folksonomies full (20+2m) 4 Wed 2:07 Jared Lorince (Indiana University); Sam Zorowitz (John Hopkins University); Jaimie Murdock (Indiana University); Peter Todd (Indiana University)
Reading the Source Code of Social Ties full (20+2m) 4 Wed 2:29 Luca Maria Aiello (Yahoo Labs); Rossano Schifanella (Universita' di Torino); Bogdan State (Stanford University)
Centrality rankings in multiplex networks full (20+2m) 4 Wed 2:51 Albert Sole (Universitat Rovira i Virgili); Manlio De Domenico (Universitat Rovira i Virgili); Sergio Gomez (Universitat Rovira i Virgili); Alex Arenas (URV)
Noticing the Other Gender on Google+ short (15+3m) 5 Wed 3:30 Diego Las Casas (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais); Gabriel Magno (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais); Evandro Cunha (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais); Marcos André Gonçalves (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais); César Cambraia (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais); Virgilio Almeida (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
Latent Dirichlet Allocation: Stability and Applications to Studies of User-Generated Content short (15+3m) 5 Wed 3:48 Sergei Koltcov (National Research Institute Higher School of Economics); Olessia Koltsova (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Sergey Nikolenko (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
Do Ordinary Bloggers Really Differ From Blog Celebrities? short (15+3m) 5 Wed 4:06 Svetlana Alexeeva (Higher School of Economics - National Research University); Sergei Koltsov (Higher School of Economics - National Research University); Olessia Koltsova (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
Multimodal Communication on Tumblr: “I have so many feels!” short (15+3m) 5 Wed 4:24 Elli Bourlai (Indiana University); Susan Herring (Indiana University)
Film: Friends You Haven't Met Yet short film 5 Wed 4:42 Andrew Gordon (USC)
Challenging Social Media Analytics: Web Science Perspectives short (15+3m) 6 Thurs 10:45 Ramine Tinati (University of Southampton); Olivier Philippe (University of Southampton); Susan Halford (University of Southampton)
How “Big Vs” dominate Chinese Microblog: A comparison of verified and unverified users on Sina Weibo short (15+3m) 6 Thurs 11:03 Ning Wang (Oii); James She (HKUST-NIE Social Media Lab); Junting Chen (HKUST-NIE Social Media Lab)
An activity-based information-theoretic annotation of social graphs short (15+3m) 6 Thurs 11:21 Arun Sathanur (University of Washington); Vikram Jandhyala (University of Washington)
Detecting and Predicting Political Crises: A Graph-Based Approach short (15+3m) 6 Thurs 11:39 Yaser Keneshloo (Virginia Tech); Jose Cadena (Virginia Tech); Gizem Korkmaz (Virginia Tech); Naren Ramakrishnan (Virginia Tech)
Pelagios and the Emerging Graph of Ancient World Data short (15+3m) 6 Thurs 11:57 Leif Isaksen (University of Southampton); Rainer Simon (AIT:Austrian Institute of Technology); Elton Barker (The Open University); Pau de Soto Cañamares (University of Southampton)
It's all in the content: State of the art Best Answer Prediction based on Discretisation of Shallow Linguistic Features full (20+2m) 7 Thurs 1:45 George Gkotsis (Open University); Karen Stepanyan (Open University); Carlos Pedrinaci (Open University); Maria Liakata (University of Warwick)
Skim Reading: An Adaptive Strategy for Reading on the Web full (20+2m) 7 Thurs 2:07 Gemma Fitzsimmons (University of Southampton); Mark Weal (University of Southampton); Denis Drieghe (University of Southampton)
Towards tracking and analysing regional alcohol consumption patterns in the UK through the use of social media full (20+2m) 7 Thurs 2:29 Daniel Kershaw (Lancaster University); Matthew Rowe (Lancaster University); Patrick Stacey (Lancaster University)
Mining and Comparing Engagement Dynamics Across Multiple Social Media Platforms full (20+2m) 7 Thurs 2:51 Matthew Rowe (Lancaster University); Harith Alani (Knowledge Media Institute)

Accepted Posters

Title Session Auhors
Collaboration in the Cloud at Google PK1 (15:30) Yunting Sun (Google Inc); Diane Lambert (Google Inc); Makoto Uchida (Google Inc); Nicolas Remy (Google Inc)
Named Entity Evolution Analysis on Wikipedia PK1 (15:30) Helge Holzmann (L3S Research Center); Thomas Risse (L3S Research Center)
Twelve Years of Wikipedia Research PK1 (15:30) Judit Bar-Ilan (Bar-Ilan University); Noa Aharony (Bar-Ilan University)
Some Challenges for the Web Observatory Vision: Field Notes from a Southampton-Tsinghua-KAIST Collaboration PK1 (15:30) Evangelia Papadaki (University of Southampton); Whitmarsh Abby (University of Southampton); Eamonn Walls (University of Southampton)
Insights From Brands in Facebook PK1 (15:30) Kyle Taylor (University of Iowa); Omar Alonso (Microsoft)
A Web Observatory for the Machine Processability of Structured Data on the Web PK1 (15:30) Wouter Beek (VU University Amsterdam); Paul Groth (VU University Amsterdam); Stefan Schlobach (VU University Amsterdam); Rinke Hoekstra (VU University Amsterdam)
Analysing Trending Topics in Twitter Using Wikipedia PK1 (15:30) Tuan Tran (L3S Research Center); Mihai Georgescu (L3S Research Center); Xiaofei Zhu (L3S Research Center); Nattiya Kanhabua (L3S Research Center)
Quantifying Collective Mood by Emoticon Networks PK1 (15:30) Kazutoshi Sasahara (Nagoya University)
Towards Laws of the 3D-printable Design Web PK1 (15:30) Spiros Papadimitriou (Rutgers University); Evangelos Papalexakis (Carnegie Mellon University)
Cross-Modal Warm-Up Solution for the Cold-Start Problem in Recommender Systems PK1 (15:30) Behnoush Abdollahi (University of Louisville); Olfa Nasraoui (University of Louisville)
Online Sentiment-based Topic Modeling for Continuous Data Streams PK1 (15:30) Gopi Chand Nutakki (University of Louisville); Olfa Nasraoui (University of Louisville)
User Classification Based on Alternative Sentiment Categories for Social Causes on Social Media PK1 (15:30) Shubhanshu Mishra (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Sneha Agarwal (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Jinlong Guo (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Kirstin Phelps (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Johna Picco (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Jana Diesner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
For what it’s worth: Digital inequalities, attitudes and a typology of Internet (non-)users PK2 (16:30) Bianca Reisdorf (University of Leicester); Darja Groselj (University of Oxford)
Race, Religion or Sex : What makes a Superbowl Ad Controversial? PK2 (16:30) Rumi Ghosh (HP Labs); Sitaram Asur (HP Labs)
Crowdsourcing Knowledge-Intensive Tasks In Cultural Heritage PK2 (16:30) Jasper Oosterman (Delft University of Technology - Web Information Systems); Archana Nottamkandath (Vrije University Amsterdam); Chris Dijkshoorn (Vrije University Amsterdam); Alessandro Bozzon (Delft University of Technology); Geert-Jan Houben (Delft University of Technology); Lora Aroyo (Vrije University Amsterdam)
“Stop G8” – An ethnographic account of Web use in Global Justice Activism PK2 (16:30) Phil Waddell (University of Southampton); David Millard (University of Southampton); Clare Saunders (University of Exeter)
Taking The Relationship To The Next Level: A Comparison Of How Supporters Converse With Charities On Facebook and Twitter PK2 (16:30) Christopher Phethean (University of Southampton); Thanassis Tiropanis (University of Southampton); Lisa Harris (University of Southampton)
Data Havens, or Privacy Sans Frontières? A Study of International Personal Data Transfers PK2 (16:30) Reuben Binns (University of Southampton); Lisa Harris (University of Southampton); David Millard (University of Southampton)
What Balkanizes the Internet? Access Denied or Access Unwanted PK2 (16:30) Harsh Taneja (University of Missouri); Angela Xiao Wu (Northwestern University); Sushant Tripathy (Northwestern University)
The Norm of Normlessness: Structural Correlates of A Trolling Community PK2 (16:30) Hyeongseok Wi (GSCT, KAIST); Wonjae Lee (GSCT, KAIST)
Information Diffusion Using Twitter: A case study of twitter for Iranian presidential election, 2013 PK2 (16:30) Azade Sanjari (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania); Emad Khazraee (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania)
From Media Reporting to International Relations: A Case Study of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) PK2 (16:30) Chun-Hua Tsai (University of Pittsburgh); Yu-Ru Lin (University of Pittsburgh)
Quantifying Cross-platform Engagement through Large-scale User Alignment PK2 (16:30) Jiejun Xu (HRL Laboratories, LLC); Tsai-Ching Lu (HRL Laboratories, LLC); Ryan Compton (HRL Laboratories, LLC); David Allen (HRL Laboratories, LLC)
Infowar on the Web: measuring mass annoyance PK2 (16:30) Stéphane B. Bazan (Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth); Sabrine Saad (UIR Web Science-Cemam-USJ); Tesfa Addis (UIR Web Science-Cemam-USJ); Christophe Henri Varin (Centre d'Etudes du Monde Arabe Moderne - CEMAM - St Joseph's University)
Scholarometer: A system for crowdsourcing scholarly impact metrics PK3 (17:30) Jasleen Kaur (Indiana University); Mohsen Jafariasbagh (Indiana University); Filippo Radicchi (Indiana University); Filippo Menczer (ndiana University)
Analyzing the climate change debate on Twitter – content and differences between genders PK3 (17:30) Kim Holmberg (VU University Amsterdam); Iina Hellsten (VU University Amsterdam)
Are Mobile Users More Vigilant? PK3 (17:30) Giles Phillips (Subforum HCI)
Open Educational Resource based Information Understanding via PDF Document Interaction PK3 (17:30) Xiaozhong Liu (School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington); Liangcai Gao (Peking University); Noriko Hara (School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington); Yizhou Sun (College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University)
Data-Driven Web Entertainment: The Data Collection and Analysis Practices of Fantasy Sports Players PK3 (17:30) Gabriel Dzodom (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University); Frank Shipman (Texas A&M University)
Motivations of Citizen Scientists -- A Quantitative Investigation of Forum Participation PK3 (17:30) Ramine Tinati (University of Southampton); Markus Luczak-Roesch (University of Southampton); Elena Simperl (University of Southampton); Nigel Shadbolt (University of Southampton)
Assisting Coordination during Crisis: A Domain Ontology based Approach to Infer Resource Needs from Tweets PK3 (17:30) Shreyansh Bhatt (Kno.e.sis); Hemant Purohit (Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis)); Andrew Hampton (Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University); Valerie Shalin (Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University); Amit Sheth (Kno.e.sis Center, Wright State University); John Flach (Wright State University)
Regular Behavior Measure for Location Based Services PK3 (17:30) Aki Hayashi (NTT Service Evolution Laboratories, NTT Corporation); Tatsushi Matsubayashi (NTT Service Evolution Laboratories, NTT Corporation); Hiroshi Sawada (NTT Service Evolution Laboratories, NTT Corporation)
Female Semantic Web researchers: Does collaboration with male researchers influence their network status? PK3 (17:30) Tamy Chambers (Indiana University); Stasa Milosevic (Indiana University); Ying Ding (Indiana University)
PUBMED Dataset Visualization PK3 (17:30) George Gkotsis (The Open University)
Diseases Across the Top Five Languages of the PubMed Database PK3 (17:30) Trevor Edelblute (Indiana University); Inna Kouper (Indiana University)
Graph Visualization using Hierarchical Aggregation and Edge Bundling PK3 (17:30) Ralph Wozelka (Know-Center GmbH); Vedran Sabol (Know-Center GmbH); Elisabeth Lex (Graz University of Technology)

Grand Challenges for Web Science Panel

A final session panel on the grand challenges for Web Science will close the conference.


  • Panel chair: Jim Hendler (RPI, USA)
  • Wendy Hall (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Ciro Cattuto (ISI Foundation, Italy)
  • Daniel Tunkelang (LinkedIn, USA)


You can contact the organizers using this email.

General Chairs

Fil Menczer Fil Menczer, IU
Jim Hendler Jim Hendler, RPI
William Dutton William Dutton, Oxford

Program Chairs

Markus Strohmaier Markus Strohmaier, Koblenz-Landau
Ciro Cattuto Ciro Cattuto, ISI Foundation
Eric Meyer Eric Meyer, Oxford

Program Committee

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Workshop Chairs

Sandra González-Bailón Sandra González-Bailón, Penn
Alessandro Flammini Alessandro Flammini, IU
Daniela Paolotti Daniela Paolotti, ISI Foundation

Data Challenge

David Crandall David Crandall, IU

Publicity, Website

Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia
Clayton Davis Clayton Davis
Rachael Fulper Rachael Fulper
Jared Lorince Jared Lorince

Local Organization

Ying Ding Ying Ding (Treasurer)
Emilio Ferrara Emilio Ferrara (Sponsors)
Judy Warner Judy Warner (IU Conferences)
Tara Holbrook Tara Holbrook (Support)


Dame Wendy Hall Dame Wendy Hall, Southampton (Web Science Trust)
Filippo Radicchi Filippo Radicchi, IU (ACM proceedings chair)


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The closest airport is in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are flights to Indianapolis from all major hubs.

AirportIndianapolis International Airport
Airport SymbolIND
Location50 miles (93 kilometers) north of Bloomington, Indiana
ImportantBloomington, IN does not have an airport that can accommodate commercial aircrafts. In making reservations, do not confuse Bloomington, IN with Bloomington, IL. The latter does have an airport with limited commercial service. You must fly into Indianapolis and take ground transportation to the Bloomington campus of Indiana University.
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Ground Transportation from Indianapolis Airport to the Indiana Memorial Union

Train or bus service is not available from the airport to Bloomington. Taxis service is expensive. We suggest that you book reservations on a shuttle ($15 one way), limousine or car rental.

Shuttle: Go Express Travel

  • Service Schedule: 9 times daily between airport and Bloomington campus
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Car Rental: Most major car rental companies

Ground Transportation from Chicago Airport to the Indiana Memorial Union

For those who fly international to Chicago and do not wish to take a connecting flight from Chicago to Indianapolis, there is also a convenient shuttle from Chicago to Bloomington arriving Sunday evening before the start of the conference, and back to Chicago on Friday morning after the conference: GO Express Chicago.

Driving from Indianapolis Airport to Indiana Memorial Union

  • When departing the airport, follow the signs to exit onto Ameriplex Parkway
  • Follow Ameriplex Parkway to IN-67 South/Kentucky Ave.
  • Turn RIGHT onto IN-67 South
  • Follow IN-67 South to IN-39S
  • Turn LEFT onto IN-39S
  • Follow IN-39S through Martinsville to IN-37S
  • Merge RIGHT onto IN-37S to Bloomington
  • Exit RIGHT off IN-37 at the 45/46 Bloomington exit. There will be two exits, the first says “Ellettsville/Spencer.” Take the 2nd exit that says “Indiana University, Monroe Reservoir”. Continue to College Avenue and turn right onto 7th street.
  • Continue on College Avenue to 7th Street
  • Turn LEFT on 7th Street
  • Continue about 7 blocks to Indiana Memorial Union
  • Turn RIGHT into the circle drive in front of the Indiana Memorial Union (parking is available in one of the two lots adjacent to the IMU)

Parking on Campus

Parking is available in two lots adjoining the Indiana Memorial Union. If you are a guest of the hotel, parking is free. If you are commuting or staying at another hotel and driving to the IMU, you may park in these two parking lots for a fee. Discount parking vouchers will be available at the registration check-in desk for Web Sciences participants.


Host Hotel

Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Biddle Hotel and Conference Center
900 East 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

The Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) operates as a hotel, a conference center and a student union. It is located in the center of campus. Conference registration, sessions and many of the conference meals and social event will be located at the IMU or in close proximity to the IMU. For your convenience, we recommend that you book your hotel reservations at the IMU.


You can make reservations online:

  • Click 'accommodations'
  • Scroll down to 'reserve a room'
  • Enter arrival and departure dates
  • Enter group code: WEBCONF (case sensitive)
  • Click 'check availability'
  • Make selection and process reservation

Alternatively, you can make reservations by phone (800.209.8145 or +1.812.856.6381) or FAX (+1.812.855.3426). If phoning or faxing, inform the reservation staff person that you are attending the Web Science Conference. Unless you identify yourself as a conference participant you may be unable to obtain a room.

We encourage you to make reservations early as accommodations at the IMU may be limited. The Web Science block of hotel rooms will be released to the general public May 22, 2014.


Hotel room rates vary based on type of room (single/double) and Weekday (Sun - Thurs) or weekend (Fri & Sat) check-in. The following are representative hotel room charges projected for the summer of 2014:

Single, weekday room w/ one double bed$110.00
Single, weekday room w/ one king bed$160.00
Double, weekday room w/ two double beds$150.00
Double, weekday room w/ two queen beds$160.00

Weekend rates are approximately $20 - $20 per day additional charge. All rooms are subject to 12% tax.

Internet Access

Free, wireless internet access is available through the IMU.


Free parking is available to all guest who stay at the Indiana Memorial Union. Commuters or participants who elect to stay at a hotel other than the IMU, may park in one of the two parking lots adjacent to the hotel. Discount parking passes will be available at the registration desk.

Off-Campus Accomodations

The following are accommodations located in close proximity to campus.

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Hilton Garden Inn
Time to IMU: 10-12 minute walk
245 North College Ave
Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: +1.812.331.1335 or 1.877.STAYHGI
FAX: +1.812.331.1060
National chain located in downtown Bloomington, close to many restaurants and shops.

Grant Street Inn (bed and breakfast)
Time to IMU: 10 minute walk
310 N. Grant Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: +1.812.334.2363
Charming Victorian style bed and breakfast.

Showers Inn
Time to IMU: 12-15 minute walk
430 N. Washington Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone: +1.812.334.9000
Lovely historic inn.

Courtyard by Marriott
Time to IMU: 15-20 minute walk
310 S. College Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47403
Phone: +1.812.335.8000
National chain. Located south of downtown Bloomington.


The IMU has several dining options, including the elegant Tudor Room. Outside of campus, within a few minutes walk from the IMU, you will find a wide range of restaurants on and around Kirkwood Ave (just west of the Sample Gates). We recommend the many ethnic food options on 4th St., one block south of Kirkwood. The map below shows only a small sample of the possibilities.

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Student travel awards

Thanks to the generous support of ACM SIGWEB student authors attending WebSci'14 can apply for a student travel award. To apply, please download the application form and follow the instructions there. The deadline for applications is June 9th.