When the City Meets the Citizen Workshop (WCMCW) 2012 - Call For Papers

When The City Meets the Citizen Workshop (WCMCW '12)
In conjunction with the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2012)
June 4th, 2012 -- Dublin, Ireland

Background and Motivation

Social media has played a key role in providing insights into people's activities, opinions and day-to-day lives. These detailed user-generated information-streams offer a unique opportunity for cities to understand and engage their citizens. The research domain of smarter cities aims to monitor disruptive events (e.g., emergencies, Olympics), analyze social behaviour, identify citizens' sentiment and understand their interactions with services. On the other side, cities can use their understanding of the citizen to foster stronger relationships with the diverse communities in their constituencies. This understanding could be applied to mobilize people on important issues such as education, health care, political engagement and community awareness.

Current social media research falls short of what the agenda behind smarter cities requires. Most of the research in social media has gone into understanding the relationship between the city and its dwellers, and researchers have done so by collecting and analyzing what dwellers post on social media sites. However, these sites could be used not only to monitor citizens but also to engage them. This workshop is interested in research that aims to progress both sides of this relationship, but particularly research that works towards closing the loop between the city and the citizens.


This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and explore the research challenges and opportunities in applying the pervasive and social computing paradigm to understand cities and, crucially, engage their citizens. We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects about urban life and exploit the digital traces to create novel citizen-centric applications that benefit not only citizens, but also urban planners and policy makers.

This workshop fosters discussions covering topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Use of social media to engage citizens, for example through gamification
  • Improving understanding of the city through mining social media
  • Disaster recovery and coordination using social media
  • Mobilizing the community through social media
  • Pervasive applications for user interaction and data collection
  • Enabling citizen and NGO initiatives through social media
  • Methodology for quality evaluation and validation of user generated content
  • Visualizations and interfaces to enable exploration of city data
  • Privacy and ethical concerns in citizen engagement

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission: March 2, 2012
  • Paper Acceptance Notification: March 16, 2012
  • Final Camera-Ready Paper Due: April 2, 2012
  • ICWSM-12 Workshops Day: June 4, 2012

Submission Instructions

All contributions must be submitted as PDF files. The workshop accepts full papers (no longer than 6 pages) and position papers (no longer than 4 pages),and all must be submitted by the deadlines given above, and formatted in AAAI two-column, camera-ready style (see the author instructions page). All submitted papers will be reviewed and judged on originality, technical correctness, relevance, and quality of presentation by the Program Committee. All accepted submissions must be presented during the workshop. Please submit papers to EasyChair WCMCW2012.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission: March 5, 2012
  • Paper Acceptance Notification: March 16, 2012
  • Final Camera-Ready Paper Due: April 2, 2012
  • ICWSM-12 Workshops Day: June 4, 2012