The Web Conference 2021 invites submissions for workshop proposals on current and emergent Web topics. Particularly, understanding web information and knowledge, advancing technical and socio-technical aspects of the weblab platforms. Workshop attendants will be given the opportunity to exchange ideas, to learn cutting edge science and technological advancements for web, and to establish common ground in research areas or applied problems, and to identify new opportunities for collaboration and new directions for future work.

Julian McAuley

Workshops Track Co-Chair
University of California, San Diego

Karthik Subbian

Workshops Track Co-Chair

Important dates

• Proposal submission deadline Nov 16, 2020
• Workshop notification Nov 29, 2020
• Suggested workshop paper submission deadline Jan 11, 2021
• Suggested workshop paper acceptance notification Feb 8, 2021
• Workshop paper camera-ready version due Mar 1, 2021


Organizational Details
The organizers of accepted workshops will be responsible for their own review process and publicity (e.g., website). They are required to cooperate closely with the conference workshop chairs and the local organizers to finalize all details, and provide input for publicity. In particular, the local organizers may require that all workshops adhere to a specific general timetable to facilitate catering. Accepted workshops will be scheduled so as to avoid conflicts with conference sessions in similar or related areas.

Workshops will benefit from the registration process of The Web Conference 2021. If the organizers of a workshop choose to charge additional fees to cover meals, etc., they must inform the General Chairs of their intent and must manage the process on their own.

Workshop organizers must inform the Workshop Chairs of the numbers of submissions and acceptances as these numbers become available. Workshops with fewer than 15 expected registrants may be canceled at the discretion of the conference organizers and will not be part of the official/accepted conference workshops. The canceled workshops will not enjoy the support mentioned above. Workshop timelines (deadlines for submissions, notification, camera-ready papers) are proposed by the workshop organizers in agreement with the The Web Conference 2021 workshop chairs.

The proceedings of the workshops will be published jointly with the conference proceedings. All workshop papers should be no more than 10 pages in length. Papers must be submitted in PDF according to the ACM format published in the ACM guidelines, selecting the generic “sigconf” sample. The PDF files must have all non-standard fonts embedded. Workshop papers must be self-contained and in English.

Submission Guidelines
Workshop proposals should be in English and contain no more than five (5) pages in length (according to the ACM format acmart.cls, using the “sigconf” option). Submissions must be in PDF and must be made through the EasyChair system. Furthermore, they should follow the outline below:

• A concise title
• The names, affiliations, and contact information of the organizers
• Proposed duration of the workshop – half or full day
• Explanation of why the proposed workshop is a good match for The Web Conference 2021
• A statement of the workshop objectives
• Proposed format (mini-conference, discussion groups, breakouts, etc.)
• A two-paragraph description of the workshop topics and themes
• A tentative Program Committee list (with indication of whether PC members have already been contacted and/or have expressed interest)
• Expected number of participants
• If the workshop was held before, please give details on the location and dates, number of participants, number of submissions, number of accepted papers, and indicate how the proposed edition will differ from earlier editions
• A short bio of the workshop organizers, including a description of their relevant qualifications and past experience in organizing workshops or research meetings

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Review Process
The decision about acceptance or rejection of workshop proposals will be made by the Workshop Chairs in consultation with the General and Program Committee Chairs, taking into account several factors including overall quality, the topic fit with respect to The Web Conference 2021, the coverage of the topic in other tracks of the conference, the estimated number of attendees for the workshop, and venue capacity.

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