WOSS 2012 is the first international workshop on Online Social Systems. It is to be held in conjunction with VLDB 2012, on August 31st, 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey.


Workshop Program

For detailed program schedule, please click here.

Keynote Talks

Three keynote speakers confirmed: Krishna Gummadi, Subbu Subramanian, and Sebastiano Vigna. More Info here.

Call for Papers

In the last decade and a half, there has been an explosion of academic research as well as industrial activity seeking to organize, explore, analyze, mine, exploit and even monetize data arising from social phenomena. This space is populated by several companies and startups which leverage recommender systems, social networks, social media or combinations thereof, possibly in conjunction with traditional structured data.

Significant strides have been made by the research community in the general area of online social systems such as above. While many research issues arising in online social systems tend to have an interplay with data management and mining, the majority of the published literature has appeared mainly outside mainstream top tier "database" conferences.

This workshop is intended as a forum for researchers interested in the various aspects of online social systems to discuss and disseminate results in both foundational and pragmatic aspects of social systems. We plan to have two exciting keynotes (details to follow). We plan to keep the workshop format fairly informal, having ample room for discussions, debate and the eventual identification of new research challenges. We hope that the workshop will trigger vigorous research activity within the database community in this exciting area. We solicit papers in any of the following topics as well as other topics that may be relevant to online social systems.

  • Information Diffusion
  • Competitive Viral Marketing
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Information Extraction from Social Systems
  • Social Search
  • Privacy and Security Issues in Social Systems
  • Collaborative Tagging Systems
  • Data Management & Mining in Social Systems
  • Query Languages for Social Systems
  • Data and Query Recommendations
  • Support for Recommender Systems
  • Benchmarks for Social and Recommender Systems
  • Integration of Crowdsourcing in Data Management & Mining
  • Infrastructure for Social Systems
  • Mobility and Social Systems

Key Dates

  • Submissions due: 11:59PM PDT, July 1st, 2012.
  • Author notification: August 7th, 2012.
  • Camera-Ready versions due: August 15th, 2012.
  • Workshop date: August 31, 2012.

Submission Guidelines

Papers should be in single-spaced, two-column format in ACM SIG style (Option 1 or Option 2) up to 6 pages, including abstract, figures and bibliography, and should be submitted online through EasyChair, no later than 11:59PM, July 1st, 2012, Pacific Daylight Time.

Program Committee

Other Organizing Personnel

  • Wei Lu (University of British Columbia): Publicity and Webmaster.