First International SoBigData Workshop - in conjunction with TPDL 2016

One of the most pressing and fascinating challenges scientists face today, is understanding the complexity of our globally interconnected society. The big data arising from the digital breadcrumbs of human activities promise to let us scrutinize the ground truth of individual and collective behaviour at an unprecedented detail and scale. There is an urgent need to harness these opportunities for scientific advancement and for the social good. SoBigData proposes to create the Social Mining & Big Data Ecosystem: a research infrastructure (RI) providing an integrated ecosystem for ethic-sensitive scientific discoveries and advanced applications of social data mining on the various dimensions of social life The aim of the workshop is to bring together communities involved in different aspects of Social Big Data research: researchers, policy makers, data provider, data scientists, etc. to present societal challenges and discuss potential big data solutions as they are currently developed in SoBigData.


9:00 – 9:30 Opening
  • Welcome - Fosca Giannotti (ISTI-CNR) & Wolfgang Nejdl (L3S & Uni Hannover) (15min)
  • SoBigData Overview - Fosca Giannotti (ISTI-CNR) (15min)
9:30 – 10:30 Big Data for Migration Studies

Chair: Fosca Giannotti

  • So Little Data: existing sources of information on international migration flows - Simone Bertoli (Uni. of Clermont-Ferrand) - Slides
  • Sentiment-enhanced Multidimensional Analysis of Online Social Networks: Perception of the Mediterranean Refugees Crisis - Claudio Lucchese, Cristina Muntean (ISTI-CNR) - Slides
10.30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 -12:30 Session “Societal Well-being & Economic Performance”

Chair: Tobias Blanke

  • Measuring fair and sustainable wellbeing: definition and indicators - Filomena Maggino (Uni. of Florence) - Slides
  • Effect of gender-based segregation in company boards to well-being: an exploratory walk-through - Pepe Küngas (Uni. of Tartu) - Slides
  • MobileMiner / NervousNet - Giles Greenway, Tobias Blanke (Kings College London) - Slides
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Session “Monitoring Topics across Time and Space”

Chair: Thomas Risse

  • Handling the truth: UGC Data in News. Benefits & Challenges - Jochen Spangenberg (Deutsche Welle) (20+10min)
  • Understanding online debates in social media - Dominic Rout (Uni. of Sheffield) - Slides
  • Monitoring Topics across Time and Space - Gerhard Gossen (L3S & Uni Hannover) - Slides
  • Opinion dynamics: models, extensions and external effects - Alina Sirbu (Uni. of Pisa) - Slides
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 – 17:00 Session “Community Integration”

Chair: Valerio Grossi

  • Unpacking Privacy - Jeroen van den Hoven (TU Delft) - Slides
  • “Working with SoBigData" (SoBigData) - Slides
  • Conclusion & Outlook (SoBigData) (15min)


The registration is free of charge. Since the capacities of the room is limited we like to ask to register via the TPDL Conference System. If you plan to attend only the SoBigData workshop please select "Side Events Only".


The workshop takes place at the Hannover Congress Centrum (HCC) in conjunction with TPDL 2016. Travel information can be found on the TPDL Web page.


Participant of the workshop can book a hotel room in the Hotel am Stadtpark. Please follow the instructions on the TPDL Web page.

About the 20. International Conference on Digital Libraries (TPDL 2016)
“Overcoming the Limits of Digital Archives” 5-9 September 2016, Hannover, Germany.

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) constitutes a leading scientific forum on digital libraries that brings together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries. TPDL 2016 will take place in Hannover, Germany on September 5-9, 2016. The conference will be jointly organized by the L3S Research Center and the German National Library of Science and Technology. Valuable and rapidly increasing volumes of data are created or transformed into digital form by all fields of scientific, educational, cultural, and governmental and industry activities. For this purpose the digital libraries community has developed long-term and interdisciplinary research agendas, providing significant results, such as development of Digital Libraries, solving practical problems, accommodating research data and satisfying the needs of specific user communities. The advent of the technologies that enhance the exchange of information with rich semantics is of particular interest in the community. Information providers inter-link their metadata with user contributed data and offer new services outlooking to the development of a web of data and addressing the interoperability and long-term preservation challenges.