Call for Tutorials

IC2S2 2021 was preceded by a day of tutorials and skills workshops on Monday, July 26. They should give social science researchers and data analyst enthusiasts the opportunity to add new tools to their toolkit. For this we are calling for proposals of tutorials that address methods, skills and tools useful to conduct research in computational social science, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • data collection / text mining approaches for social scientists
  • new advances in social network analysis
  • text analysis
  • visual communication and visualizations
  • using sensors for studying behavior
  • combining digital trace data and additional data (e.g. surveys)
  • assessing biases in data collection
  • best practices for working with online communities (including crowdsourcing and participants recruitment)
  • legal and ethical dimensions of CSS research
  • reproducibility in CSS research
  • Experiment design and development in CSS

We particularly invite proposals for “disciplinary state of the art sessions” that give a focused overview on the latest developments, trends and perspectives in a specific discipline or research area. These should help researchers in the interdisciplinary field of CSS to catch up with developments in areas outside their core expertise.

We also welcome proposals for tutorials on any other topics at the intersection of the social sciences, computer science and/or statistics. We will consider any topic; provided that the proposal makes a strong argument that the tutorial is important for the IC2S2 community. 

Tutorials should be of interest to a substantial portion of the community and should represent a sufficiently mature area of research or practice. Tutorials should be comprehensive and should not focus only on the presenter’s previous work.

We anticipate that each accepted tutorial will be 3 hours long. However, we are also accepting half-tutorials (1.5 hours) and full-day tutorials (6 hours).

Submission format

Proposals for tutorials should use the IC2S2 paper template (LaTeX, Word). They should be no more than three pages in length and contain the following:

  • Title
  • Presenters / organizers: Please provide names, affiliations, email addresses, and short bios (up to 200 words) for each presenter. Bios should cover the presenters’ expertise related to the topic of the tutorial. If there are multiple presenters, please describe how the time will be divided between them.
  • Topic: An abstract describing the topic (approx. 250 words)
  • Audience: A short statement about the expected target audience. What prior knowledge, if any, do you expect from the audience?
  • Rationale: What is the objective / learning outcome of the tutorial? What is the benefit for the attendees? Why is this tutorial important to the IC2S2 community?
  • Format: A description of the proposed event format (tutorial, hands-on, workshop, etc.) and a list of proposed activities.
  • Equipment: A short note on equipment or features required for the tutorial format.
  • Previous tutorials: Has the tutorial (or a similar/highly related tutorial) been presented at another venue previously? If so, please list the dates and venues, and describe the similarities and differences between the previous tutorials and the proposed tutorial.
  • Proposed length of the tutorial: please choose from 1.5 hours (half session), 3 hours (full session), and 6 hours (full day). If you are flexible, please indicate in the outline the content that will not be included if a short/long version of the tutorial is given. If you would like to give a 6 hour tutorial please justify why a full day is necessary.
  • Preferred time slot: Please indicate in which range of times (relative to UTC) you would be willing to start the tutorial (e.g. -5 to +5 UTC).

Organizers of accepted tutorials are expected to provide some information material to announce the tutorial on the conference website and to help to spread the word about the tutorial via mailing lists and social media.

Important Dates

April 28proposal deadline (AoE, anywhere on Earth)
May 14decision notification
July 21participant registration deadline
July 26tutorial day