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DETECT 2011 : CIKM Workshop DETECT 2011: DETecting and Exploiting Cultural DiversiTy on the Social Web


When Oct 24, 2011 - Oct 24, 2011
Where Glasgow, UK
Submission Deadline Jul 29, 2011
Notification Due Aug 5, 2011
Final Version Due Aug 12, 2011
Categories    information retrieval   social media   web   data mining

Call For Papers

Workshop DETECT 2011: DETecting and Exploiting Cultural DiversiTy on the Social Web
co-located with CIKM 2011

24 Oct 2011, Glasgow, UK


29 July 2011: Individual Workshop Papers Due
05 August 2011: Author notification
12 August 2011: Camera-ready due


With the constantly increasing reach of the Web in general and Social Media in particular, more and more people of different nationalities, cultures, origins and beliefs contribute and access online information. These differences express themselves in language, habits, behavioural patterns, socio-cultural norms and values. They also strongly influence the way users provide and formulate content as well as the way they request, acquire, interpret and access information. Therefore, the detection and use of cultural differences and diversity will become more and more a key challenge in both, Information Retrieval and Knowledge Management. With our workshop we aim at bringing together researchers and practitioners dealing with inter-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-national information environments in distinct contexts, and discover synergies between their research fields.

With our workshop we aim at bringing together researchers and practitioners dealing with inter-cultural, multilingual collaborative environments in distinct contexts, and discovering synergies between their research fields. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* cultural, ethnical and linguistic aspects of user behaviour in social media
* user models to capture cultural context
* data mining to detect and analyze cultural differences
* comparison of evolving semantics in social media across languages and cultures
(tags, category systems, taxonomies, ...)
* detection of synergies in social semantics across languages and cultures
* analyzing cultural diversity in event coverage (elections, political events)
* organization of multilingual content (e.g. classification, clustering)
* search result diversification considering cultural aspects
* cultural and temporal evolution of terminologies
* stylometric analysis of different cultural groups and web environments
* cross-cultural and cross-lingual opinion mining and sentiment analysis
* multilingual and cross-lingual search and retrieval
* new evaluation measures capturing the diversity of search results (in the context of a specific topic or across topics)
* evaluation methodologies for cultural diversification of search results
* personalized search in social media based on cultural and linguistic
background of users
* cross-lingual topic discovery and trend detection
* multilingual recommenders (content, contacts, topics of interest)
* multilingual semantics of social media
* ontology generation from multilingual resources

The mentioned topics are in the key scope of recent IR research on social media. However, they also offer the possibility of intensive inter-disciplinary cooperation of experts from computer science, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and other domains. Consequently, DETECT aims to establish and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers from these fields in the context of Social Web communities. Given the focus on cultural aspects we are particularly interested in works addressing multiple cultural contexts covering a diversity of languages coming from an African, Arabian, Asian and Western background.

DETECT contributions will be published in CIKM’11 Workshop Proceedings and indexed by ACM Digital Library. At least one author per accepted paper is expected to register for CIKM 2011, to attend the DETECT workshop, and to present the contribution in one of the workshop sessions.


To submit a paper use the workshop submission system available on the DETECT website at

Please ensure that your submission is formatted using the common ACM template ("Option 2" style) and does not exceed 6 pages in length; longer contributions may be rejected without consideration. ACM two-column Option 2 will also be the style for camera-ready versions.

DETECT will implement double-blind peer reviewing of contributions. Please anonymise your submission accordingly (the header should not contain author names, explicit self-citations and similar authorship indications should be avoided).

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Submission site will remain open as long as June 29 is still somewhere in the world (i.e. until 23:59:59 Apia Samoa time).


* Dr. Dr. Sergej Sizov (Primary contact) University of Koblenz, Germany -
* Thomas Gottron, University of Koblenz, Germany -
* Stefan Siersdorfer, L3S Research Centre, Hannover, Germany -
* Philipp Sorg, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany -

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