WSDM (pronounced "wisdom") is a young ACM conference intended to be the publication venue for research in the areas of search and data mining. Indeed, the pace of innovation in these areas prevents proper coverage by conferences of broader scope. The high attendance at the first two WSDMs, held at Stanford University and Barcelona in February 2008 and 2009, has confirmed community interest in a more focused venue.
WSDM publishes original, high quality submissions related to search and data mining on the Web, with an emphasis on practical but principled novel models of search and retrieval, algorithm design and analysis, economics implications, and in-depth experimental analysis of accuracy and performance.
Social applications are the fastest growing segment of the web. They establish new forums for content creation, allow people to connect to each other and share information, and permit novel applications at the intersection of people and information. However, to date, social media has been primarily popular for connecting people, not for finding information. While there has been progress on searching particular kinds of social media, such as blogs, search in others (e.g., Facebook, Myspace, of flickr) are not as well understood.
The purpose of the 3rd Annual Workshop on Search in Social Media (SSM 2010), is to bring together information retrieval and social media researchers to consider the following questions: How should we search in social media? What are the needs of users, and models of those needs, specific to social media search? What models make the most sense? How does search interact with existing uses of social media? How can social media search complement traditional web search? What new search paradigms for information finding can be facilitated by social media?
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
Chairs' Welcome (Eugene Agichtein, Ian Soboroff, Daniel Tunkelang)
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Keynote: Jan Pedersen, Chief Scientist for Core Search, Microsoft
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Panel: The Big Players and Integrating Social Media
Moderator: Eugene Agichtein, Emory U.
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch: Sandwiches will be provided, with halal/kosher/vegetarian options by request.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel: Social Media Companies - How does search fit?
Moderator: Jeremy Pickens, FXPAL
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Posters and coffee
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Panel: What are the most important research problems for SSM?
Moderator: Gene Golovchinksky, FXPAL
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Open discussion, link swap, and future plans