Digital Tools and Uses - Congress

The second international Digital Tools & Uses Congress is a multidisciplinary conference devoted to study the uses and development of digital tools. It aims at assembling five interrelated symposia.

When: -
Where: Hammamet - Tunisia


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Web Studies 3

3rd edition of the international conference on Web Studies

Track chairs:
• Everardo Reyes (Université Paris 8, France)
• Mark Bernstein (Eastgate Systems, USA)
• Giancarlo Ruffo (Università di Torino, Italy)

Emergent Uses of the Web in Multicultural Contexts

Program of the WS.3 | Web Studies track:
We opted for a simple scheme where oral presentations are recorded in advance and we get together during a one-hour meeting for Q&A on Friday, 16 October, from 5pm to 6pm (Paris time).

Web Studies Conference Track
Video presentations Starting Tuesday October 6, a new video will appear everyday


by Everardo Reyes

#dtucvirtual #webstudies


Keynote presentation
"Tracing a Platformed Media System Across Language Lines and Hyperlinks"
by Bernhard Rieder (University of Amsterdam)


Invited talk
"In Spite Of Ourselves"
by Mark Bernstein (Eastgate Systems)


Long paper
"Translating a Web-based Work of Digital Literature into Several Languages: Issues and Feedback"
by Serge Bouchardon (Université de technologie de Compiègne) and Nohelia Meza (University of Leeds)


Long paper
"Considering the Web as a Digital Public Space"
by Colette Tron (Alphabetville / Ars industrialis)


Short paper
"Web-based 3D HSV Color Data Gathering and Visualization for Applied Cinemetrics"
by Carlos Isaac González (UNAM Mexico)


Short paper
"Protocols of immersive web WebXR APIs and the AR Cloud"
by Federico Biggio (University of Turin)


Please register to attend the live Q&A session on Zoom, Friday October 16, 2020, from 5pm to 6pm (Paris time).

Short description
The international conference on Web Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed scientific gathering that investigates the World Wide Web as an object of inquiry. It conceives the Web as an expansive entity: an extended space that reaches every domain of life. Seen from different perspectives and disciplines, the components of the Web can be seized as data structures, algorithmic processes, visual surface, cultural uses, or artistic expressions.

Web Studies was initiated in 2010 and the first conference, WS.1, was organized at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico). In 2018, the second edition, WS.2, took place in Paris (MSH Paris Nord), in cooperation with ACM SIGWEB. This third edition of the international conference, WS.3, will be celebrated in Tunisia (Hammamet).

Call for papers
WS.3 calls for communications, posters, demos, and artworks that interrogate the current panorama of web-based tools in multicultural contexts.


Tools, Uses, Methods: Social, Politics, Art, Design:
Algorithms for the WebAesthetics of Web
APIs and Web ServicesDeep Web
Automatic Web GenerationCritical and Radical Web
Green WebCultural Analytics
Machine/Deep LearningData Science
Mobile WebData Visualization
Software Applications for the WebOnline Digital Humanities
Web-based Programming ParadigmsPolitical Web
Web-oriented Programming Languages    Social Web
Web as PlatformSemiotics of Web and Interfaces
Web ProtocolsWeb Design
Visual and Graphical Web
Web, biology and natural sciences
Legal and Ethical issues in Web Studies

Submission Types

• Short and Long Papers
• Posters and Demos
• Online Exhibition

Submission Format

Please follow the new ACM Master Article Templates AND Publication Workflow to prepare your proposal.

Important: At this first step you are required to submit as anonymous author for peer-reviewing. That is, leave in blank the Author and Affiliation text of the template. If your proposal is accepted, you will then prepare a final version with your full name and contact details.

Please be aware that ACM has introduced a new ACM Master Article Templates and Publication Workflow. Starting March 1, 2020, all ICPS events are required to use the new workflow: The Master article templates and workflow are to be used in conjunction with the ACM e-Rights System and the ACM CCS 2012 Author Support Tool found in the ACM Digital Library.

Important notice: do not include your name at this stage of the process. All submissions that do not respect this line will be discarded from the review process.

Submission System

Please send your proposals via Easychair:

Review Process

All submissions will follow a blind peer-review process. At least two different members of the scientific committee will review each paper. The selection criteria is based on originality, accordance to the theme and topics, scientific/technical contribution, and clarity of presentation.

Authors will receive notification of acceptance on June 29th 2020. If your paper is accepted you will be solicited to prepare the camera-ready version for its publication.


Accepted papers, poster and demos will be published in the book of proceedings of WS.3

ACM will publish the proceedings of WS.3 in the ACM Digital Library within its International Conference Proceedings Series.

Accepted authors will be sent the ACM rights management form and complete instructions.

All rights management forms must be submitted and approved four weeks prior to WS.3

After completing their rights management form, authors will be emailed the correct rights text and bibliographic strip to place within their paper.

Keynote speakers

We are excited to announce our WS.3 keynote speaker:

Bernhard Rieder, associate professor in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and a researcher with the Digital Methods Initiative.

Tracing a Platformed Media System Across Language Lines and Hyperlinks

Over the last fifteen years, YouTube has become the dominant video platform on the web and has evolved from an outlet for short amateur clips to a service that hosts millions of channels producing high-quality content and attracting billions of viewers. This talk takes an exhaustive crawl of 36M+ channel as its starting point, using empirical data to reflect how the site has given rise to a "platformed media system" within its technical and regulatory infrastructures. The thematic focus will be on two aspects: The first line of inquiry asks how countries and languages relate and differ within the larger system. Here, we find a complex picture of media globalization that shows traits of both centralization and decentralization. The second question is how YouTube relates to the web more broadly. Following URLs in video descriptions, we can begin to trace an ecosystem of websites that play central roles in creators’ attempts to promote and monetize their work. Beyond the specific insights these two approaches produce lurks the broader question how the process of platformization plays out in broader terms and what this means for the future of the open web.

@RiederB | The Politics of Systems

International Co-Chairs
• Everardo Reyes (Université Paris 8, France)
• Mark Bernstein (Eastgate Systems, USA)
• Giancarlo Ruffo (Università di Torino, Italy)

Scientific Committee & Honorary Reviewers
• Pau Alsina (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)
• Johanna Drucker (University of California Los Angeles, USA)
• Federica Frabetti (University of Roehampton, London, UK)
• Matthew Fuller (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
• Jacques Ibanez-Bueno (Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, France)
• Sarah Labelle (Université Paris 13, France)
• Cristina Marras (CNR-ILIESI, Italy)
• Stuart Moulthrop (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
• Jean-Christophe Plantin (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
• Piero Polidoro (LUMSA, Italy)
• Vincent Puig (Director of IRI Centre Pompidou, France)
• Isaac Rudomin (Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad, UNAM, Mexico)
• Marta Severo (Université Paris Nanterre, France)
• Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Utrecht University & Utrecht Data School, Netherlands)
• Laura Shackelford (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA)
• Matteo Treleani (Université Côte d’Azur, France)
• José Luis Vera (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Mexico)