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LSM 2011 : Workshop on Language in Social Media (LSM 2011)


When Jun 23, 2011 - Jun 23, 2011
Where Portland, Oregon
Submission Deadline Apr 1, 2011
Notification Due Apr 15, 2011
Final Version Due May 6, 2011
Categories    social media   social web   NLP   language

Call For Papers

Workshop on Language in Social Media (LSM 2011)
Workshop Description:

Over the last few years, there has been a growing public and enterprise interest in 'social media' and their role in modern society. At the heart of this interest is the ability for users to create and share content via a variety of platforms such as blogs, micro-blogs, collaborative wikis, multimedia sharing sites, social networking sites etc. The volume and variety of user-generated content (UGC) and the user participation network behind it are creating new opportunities for understanding web-based practices and building socially intelligent and personalized applications. Investigations around social data can be broadly categorized along the following dimensions: (a) understanding aspects of the user-generated content (b) modeling and observing the user network that the content is generated in and (c) characterizing individuals and groups that produce and consume the content.

The goals for this workshop are to focus on sharing research efforts and results in the first area of understanding language usage on social media.

While there is a rich body of previous work in processing textual content, certain characteristics of UGC on social media introduce challenges in their analyses. A large portion of language found in UGC is in the Informal English domain — a blend of abbreviations, slang and context specific terms; lacking in sufficient context and regularities and delivered with an indifferent approach to grammar and spelling. Traditional content analysis techniques developed for a more formal genre like news, Wikipedia or scientific articles do not translate effectively to UGC. Consequently, well-understood problems such as information extraction, search or monetization on the Web are facing pertinent challenges owing to this new class of textual data.
Call For Papers

Topics of Interest

* What are people talking about?

What are the Named Entities and topics that people are making references to?

What are effective summaries of volumes of user comments around a news-worthy event that offer a lens into the society's perceptions?

How are cultures interpreting any situation in local contexts and supporting them in their variable observations on a social medium?

* How are they expressing themselves?

What do word usages tell us about an active population or about individual allegiances or non-conformity to group practices?

Are we seeing differences in how users self-present on this new form of digital media?

* Why do they scribe?

What are the diverse intentions that produce the diverse content on social media?

Can we understand why we share by looking at what we predominantly do with the medium? What emotions are people sharing about content?

* What level of linguistic analysis is possible/necessary in a noisy medium such as social media?

How can existing analysis techniques be adapted to this medium?

* Language and network structure: How do language and social network properties interact?

What properties of a network (structural connections) or the participants (personalities, influencers, followers) correlate with which properties of the language used?

* Semantic Web / Ontologies / Domain models to aid in social data understanding:

Given the recent interest in the Semantic Web and LOD community to expose models of a domain, how can we utilize these public knowledge bases to serve as priors in linguistic analysis?

Related events:
AAAI Workshop on Analyzing Microtext (San Francisco, August 2011)

Important dates:

* Papers due: April 1
* Notification of acceptance: April 25
* Camera-ready: May 6
* Workshop date: June 23 at ACL/HLT 2011 in Portland, Oregon

Paper format, submission guidelines:

Paper submission to LSM 2011 will be accepted on or before April 1 2011 in PDF format via the START system:

Submissions should follow the ACL HLT 2011 length and formatting requirements for long papers of eight (8) pages of content with two (2) additional pages of references, found at

Camera Ready Versions

Camera ready final versions will be accepted on or before May 6 2011 in PDF format.


Meenakshi Nagarajan (IBM Research)

Michael Gamon (Microsoft Research)

Program committee members:

* John Breslin (U of Galway)
* Cindy Chung (UTexas)
* Munmun De Choudhury (Arizona State University)
* Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil (Cornell)
* Susan Dumais (Microsoft Research)
* Jennifer Foster (Dublin City University)
* Sam Gosling (UTexas)
* Julia Grace (IBM)
* Daniel Gruhl (IBM)
* Kevin Haas (Microsoft)
* Emre Kiciman (Microsoft Research)
* Nicolas Nicolov (Microsoft)
* Daniel Ramage (Stanford)
* Alan Ritter (University of Washington)
* Christine Robson (IBM)
* Hassan Sayyadi (University of Maryland)
* Valerie Shalin (Wright State)
* Amit Sheth (Wright State)
* Ian Soboroff (NIST)
* Hari Sundaram (ASU)

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