Recent years have seen a flourishing of social media. Across the world, individuals can share news, opinions, experiences and expertise through Web-enabled devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.
There has been a fundamental shift thanks to significant advances in the ease of publishing and sharing content. Such examples include microblogs, blogs, bookmarking services, photo sharing platforms, forums, newsgroups, and location-based services. They have formed a new Web: social Web, which generates a lot of structured and semi-structured information.
This information greatly enlarges the content of the Web. At the same time, it introduces many interesting research issues as well many real-world applications. These research issues have been receiving growing attentions in recent years.
The aim of this special issue is to collect contemporary works concerning searching and mining the Social Web. The context of the special issue can be related to a wide range of areas including Web mining, social networks analysis, semantic Web, information retrieval, and natural language processing. We invite researchers and professionals from a broad range of disciplines to submit to this issue. Papers may encompass any or all of the following types of works: theoretical analysis, modelling, algorithms, simulation, visualisation and empirical studies.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Microblog (e.g. Twitter, Weibo) search and mining
- Social network analysis
- Community detection and network evolution analysis
- Personalisation for search and for social interaction
- User profiling and recommender systems
- Collaborative search and question answering
- Sentiment analysis and opinion mining
- Topic detection and topic trend analysis
- User behaviour prediction
- Real-time social search and mining infrastructures
- Cross-media search and mining of user-generated content
- Entity search (e.g. expert finding, product search, organisation search, etc.)
- Semantic Web-based social applications
- Computational advertising for user-generated content
- Spam detection and anomaly detection of social media
- Geospatial and temporal analysis of social media
- Applications of social search and mining
Submission deadline: 1 May, 2012
Notification date: 15 June, 2012
Final paper submission: 15 July, 2012