** join us @ WWW 2015 in Florence for the 3rd edition of the workshop **
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The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who are interested in employing data from the social Web for large scale event management. While traditionally a handful of news channels report updates, recently multiple communication channels and modes have been used by citizens and organizations to share, predict, detect, discuss and report on large-scale event events.

Prime examples are the communications patterns and sharing motifs that emerged shortly after the London underground bombings (cell-phone based updates), Hurricane Katrina (Craigslist), or the Hudson river plane crash (Twitter). Existing approaches to mining public feeds (e.g. Twitter) are primarily aimed at searching for specific information or providing general trends within the whole dataset, and crucially post-event (e.g. time or location based crowd clustering). Web also played a major role during the Iraq War enabling Iraqi people to control identity, to collaborate in travel, and to provide alternative sources of news and information. The Oklahoma Grassfires and the Red River Floods of April 2009 were covered by citizens microblogging on Twitter to enhance situational awareness.  During these disasters, there was rapid generation of Twitter communications by numerous sources using a variety of communications forms.

The shift towards community-driven updates pose two challenges: vast amount of information is published and requires analysis and making sense out of it, and also credibility becomes an important issue. This workshop aims to bring together a body of knowledge that can provide the means for sharing community-relevant information especially when members become geographically dispersed, leveraging and even building community resources in the process.

Held in conjunction with WWW 2012