KMi @The Web Conference 2018

KMi once again had a strong presence at The Web Conference, which this year was held in Lyon, France from 23-27 April, and was attended by over 2300 delegates. More than 7500 tweets were posted about the event, with 17000 retweets, reaching around 8.6 million twitter users.

On the Program Committee were KMi’s Harith Alani, Emanuele Bastianelli, Gregoire Burel, Enrico Daga, Andrea Mannocci, Francesco Osborne, Angela Salatino, Miriam Fernandez, and Ilaria Tiddi.

Prof Harith Alani was Co-Chair of the Web Content Analysis, Semantics, and Knowledge track, which received nearly 300 submissions, thus making it by far the largest track in the entire conference.

KMi members co-organised three Workshops, a Tutorial and a stand at the Jobs Fair. Our #RCBlackMirror2018 Workshop was featured on the morning paper blog which gives a short summary every weekday of an important, influential, topical or otherwise interesting paper in the field of computer science. 

Details of our Workshops & Tutorial are here:

#RCBlackMirror2018: Re-Coding Black Mirror
Organizers: Pinelopi Troullinou, Mathieu D’Aquin and Ilaria

Workshop on “Semantics, Analytics and Visualisation: Enhancing Scholarly Dissemination” (SAVE-SD 2018)
Organizers: Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Francesco OsborneSilvio Peroni and Sahar Vahdati

3rd Workshop on Linked Data & Distributed Ledgers (LD-DL)
Organizers: Luis-Daniel Ibanez, John Domingue and Pascal Molli

Tutorial: Social Media Analysis for Situation Awareness during Crises
Organizers
 : Gregoire Burel, Mayank Kejriwal and Prashant Khare

Additionally, three papers were presented at the conference:

Mannocci, A., Osborne, F. and Motta, E. (2018) Geographical trends in research: a preliminary analysis on authors’ affiliations, Workshop: SAVE-SD at The Web Conference, Lyon

Jan, Z., Third, A., Ibanez, L., Bachler, M., Simperl, E. and Domingue, J. (2018) ScienceMiles: Digital Currency for Researchers,  Workshop: 3rd International Workshop on Linked Data and Distributed Ledgers at The Web Conference, Lyon, France, International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee.

Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith (2018). Online Misinformation: Challenges and Future Directions. In: WWW ’18 Companion: The 2018 Web Conference Companion, ACM, New York.

The official conf  stats were:
* 2 300+ participants
* 1 461 abstracts; 4 852 authors from 62 countries
* 1 172 submissions; 3 649 authors from 60 countries
* 4 602 reviews by 1 232 PC members
* 170 papers selected, acceptance rate of 15%

* 1 584 Twitter followers
* 7 500+ tweets on "TheWebConf"
* 8 600 000+ twitter users reached
* 16 900+ retweets of tweets with TheWebConf
* 91.6% of neutral or positive tweets
* 400+ press mentions
* 10 000+ video views

The next Web Conference will be held in San Francisco, May 13-17, 2019.