I stumbled across the Social Data Analysis workshop, happening as part of CHI 2008. It is being organized by none other than IBM Visual Communication Lab's Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda ViÃ©gas in addition to UC Berkeley's Jeffrey Heer and Maneesh Agrawala.
The goals of this workshop are to:
- Bring together, for the first time, the social data analysis community
- Examine the design of social data analysis sites today
- Discuss the role that visualizations play in social data analysis
- Explore how users are utilizing the various sites that allow them to exchange data-based insights
We seek researchers and practitioners whose work explores social data analysis and/or social uses of visualizations. We hope for a lively mix of people actively involved in building sites and academics who study the dynamics of social software.
The workshop happens during CHI, April 5-10, and you need to submit a 2-4 page position paper by October 31, 2007. Oh and by the way, it's in Florence, Italy. Not too shabby.