18,086 Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics,workshop dedicated to the methodology of online experiments. It will be hosted by the Web Science Conference 2021.

Call for Participation

On June 22 the Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics (SCILA) housed at the St. Petersburg campus of the Higher School of Economics is organizing a workshop dedicated to the methodology of online experiments. It will be hosted by the Web Science Conference 2021.

The workshop “Designing Web-based Experiments: Sampling, Recruitment, and Data Collection in Social Media and other Digital Environment” is supposed to bring together researchers from various fields with an expertise in online experimental designs. Participants will be able to share their experience and discuss different methodological aspects of this approach such as sample construction, recruitment of participants, online experiment interface development, etc. Researchers from SCILA will also present their recent experimental study on the perception of fake news.

Format and time: workshop will be held online. The estimated time of the event is between 3 and 4 hours. We expect to start at 11 MSK (UTC+2), however, the exact time is yet to be confirmed.


Presenters: We invite scholars to present their projects at the workshop. To participate as a panelist, please, send us an extended abstract of your study to scila.websci21@gmail.com. Full papers are not required. The submission deadline is April 23.

The application needs to meet several requirements: (1) study is based on an online experiment as a primary method; (2) data has been already collected; (3) projects that are relevant to the thematic areas of the WebSci conference are strongly encouraged.

The proposed presentations are expected to cover methodological aspects of online experiments such as but not limited to: choice of a design; sample construction and methods of recruitment; development of digital instruments for the experiment (e.g. applications, websites, games); factors of participants behaviour (e.g. engagement, drop-out, completion rate).

Participants will be allowed to discuss both research in progress and completed studies.

Audience: The workshop is intended for PhD students and scholars at any stage of their career who are interested in the online experiments. Participants may have varying research backgrounds (e.g. media and communication studies, sociology, social psychology, political science), but are expected to have a good command of quantitative approaches and a broader involvement in Web science. If you want to register for the workshop without presentation, please follow the guidelines on the WebSci’21 website: websci21.webscience.org.

More information about the workshop you can find on the website.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Contact: scila.websci21@gmail.com

Kind regards,
Laboratory for Social and Cognitive Informatics

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