Reports of the 2015 Workshops Held at the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

AI Magazine

The workshop program included seven workshops, including Auditing Algorithms from the Outside: Methods and Implications; Digital Placemaking: Augmenting Physical Places with Contextual Social Data; Modeling and Mining Temporal Interactions; Religion on Social Media; Standards and Practices in Large-Scale Social Media Research; the ICWSM Science Slam; and Wikipedia, a Social Pedia: Research Challenges and Opportunities. This article contains the written reports of six of the workshops. The Auditing Algorithms from the Outside workshop was organized by Mike Ananny (University of Southern California), Karrie Karahalios (University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign), Christian Sandvig (University of Michigan), and Christo Wilson (Northeastern University). The organizers did not submit a report to AI Magazine. No technical report was issued. People have embraced social media as a means to express their experiences within and knowledge about particular places, and researchers have continued to analyze these digital traces in order to better understand social activities within particular places. Geotagged social media data such as photos, tweets, check-ins, audio, video, and status updates have proliferated and reveal individual and collective senses of place and local insights into interactions between people and place. However, these digital traces alone cannot reveal a holistic sense of place and placemaking. The workshop aimed to investigate definitions of placemaking -- commonly understood as a collaborative, community, or human-centered approach to the planning, design, social production of public spaces in order to cultivate shared value and recognize specific physical, cultural, and social identities and experiences in a particular place -- and how placemaking intersects with digital and social media.


Reports of the 2015 Workshops Held at the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

AI Magazine

The 2015 workshops at the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media were held on May 26 in Oxford, UK. The workshop program included seven workshops, including Auditing Algorithms From the Outside: Methods and Implications, Digital Placemaking: Augmenting Physical Places with Contextual Social Data, Modeling and Mining Temporal Interactions Religion on Social Media, Standards and Practices in Large-Scale Social Media Research, Wikipedia, a Social Pedia: Research Challenges and Opportunities, and The ICWSM Science Slam. This article contains the written reports of 5 of the workshops


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arXiv.org Machine Learning

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arXiv.org Machine Learning

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arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

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