eResearch days on Social Media and CMC Corpora for the eHumanities

Call for papers (abstract deadline 15th May)

The first international research days (IRDs) on Social Media and CMC Corpora for the eHumanities will be held in Rennes, France on 23-24th October 2015 and will focus on communication and interactions stemming from networks such as the Internet or telecommunications, as well as mono and multimodal, synchronous and asynchronous communications. The focus of the IRD will encompass different CMC genres. These include, but are not limited to, discussion forums, blogs, newsgroups, emails, SMS and WhatsApp, text chats, wiki discussions, social network exchanges (such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, wikis (Wikpedia type)), discussions in multimodal and/or 3D environments.
The aim of the IRDs is to bring together researchers who have collected CMC data and who wish to organize and share them for research purposes. The IRDs will focus on the process of building CMC corpora including annotation and analysis processes as well as on questions of ethics and rights raised by publishing CMC corpora as open data. We invite researchers who are concerned with the analysis of various types of CMC data and corpora for linguistic or applied linguistic purposes to submit paper presentations.

Topics of interest (not limited to)
The IRDs will have three thematic streams:
– 1) Development of CMC corpora
o Building CMC corpora: from data collection to publication
o Open data for research on CMC: questions of ethics and rights
o One or several models of CMC genres (e.g. extension of the TEI model, etc.)
o Multimodal corpora
– 2) Annotations and analysis
o Discourse and dialog analysis of online discussions: chat, forums, SMS, wikipedia discussions, social network exchanges, blogs, newsgroups, etc.
o Study of social networks through their communication: informal, professional, learning or other communities
o Contrastive analyses of specific CMC genres between several languages communities (e.g. languages in contact)
o Interaction analysis in online learning situations
o Multimodality in interactions
– 3) Natural Language Processing (NLP) applied to CMC
o Tagging and Parsing CMC texts
o Dealing with abbreviations and typos
o Dealing with morphosyntactic, lexical, … variations (e.g. : in corpus produced by deaf scripters)

Presentation categories
Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts for paper presentations that will consist of a 20 minute talk followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
Please note there will not be a poster session during these IRDs.

How to submit your proposal
Papers can be submitted in either English or French. The language in which you submit your abstract should be the language in which you will present if your paper is accepted. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the conference programme committee.
Abstracts should be between 500 and 1000 words in length (excluding references). They should be submitted at before 15th May 2015. Authors will be notified of outcomes by 15th July 2015.
Please note, when submitting your abstract, you will have to select from a list of three strands and provide three or four keywords that will help place your abstract into the appropriate category. You can type your abstract directly onto the online form or paste a previously edited text. Plain text should be used. If you want to enter formatting elements (bold or italics,, etc.), or charts, tables, etc., please use a file attachments in PDF format. When entering author information, please include all authors and do not simply list the corresponding author.

Important dates
15 May 2015: Paper submission deadline
15 July 2015: Authors notified of outcomes
23-24 October 2015: International Research Days, Rennes

Invited speakers
– Egon W. Stemle : DiDi project (
– Angelika Storer : Wikipedia as a resource for linguistic research (
– Pascal Vaillant : Clapoty project (

Programme Committee (not yet complete)
Georges Antoniadis (U. Grenoble, France)
Valerie Beaudouin (Telecom, ParisTech, France)
Michael Beisswenger (U. Dortmund, Germany)
Thierry Chanier (U. Blaise Pascal, France)
Isabella Chiari (U. Sapienza, Italy)
Linda Hriba (U. Orleans, France)
Gudrun Ledegen (U. Rennes 2, France)
Julien Longhi (U. Cergy-Pontoise, France)
Jean-Philippe Mague (ENS Lyon, France)
Amanda Potts (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
Celine Poudat (U. Nice, France)
Ciara R. Wigham (U. Lyon2, France – responsable)

Thierry Chanier
Laboratoire de Recherche sur le Langage (LRL)
Département de Linguistique
Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont 2)
Tel : +33 3 4 73 34 68 39

adresse: Université Blaise Pascal,
Maison des Sciences de l’Homme – LRL
4 rue Ledru
63057 Clermont-Ferrand cedex 1