JITSO 2012

First international workshop on Just-in-time Sociology 

4th December 2012. EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland (Just before Soc-info 2012)

Room BC420 located on the fourth floor on the BC building (where the computer science labs are). To find your way you can also download the EPFL “Pocket Campus app”

No attendance fee.

JITSO 2012 gathers the most significant international researchers that try to understand social phenomena as they unfold, mining their digital traces. We present studies focusing on large-scale social movements (“Arabic Spring Revolutions”, London riots, electoral campaigns, big controversies) as well as studies investigating new everyday social dynamics (analyses of photographic flux on Facebook, social dynamics in on-line games, etc.). The aim of the workshop is to draw a global map of the tools, methods and first results of this emerging field.  One session is dedicated to the presentation of data mining tools for analyzing streams of texts and images.


9 h Introduction : Frédéric Kaplan


9 h 15 Invited lecture : Paola Tubaro


10 h 15 Coffee break

10 h 30  “Digital Paleontology“ – Digging for Ancient Tweets / Martin Lafréchoux


11 h 00 Information demand about the US presidential candidates in Switzerland / Anna Jobin


11 h 30 How to use on-line data on September 11th? / Hynek Jerabek


12 h 00 Visualising PolySocial Reality / Sally Applin, Michael Fischer, Kevin Walker,


12 h 30 Lunch break – BC restaurant (each participant pays his meal but we have a common table reserved)

14 h 00 TUTORIAL : R, twitteR and igraph / Yannick Rochat


14 h 30 : Survival and turnover in ana-mia online networks. An in vivo study of the effects of moral panic surrounding eating disorder websites / Antonio A. Casilli, Fred Pailler, Paola Tubaro


15 h 00 : The Wukan’s protests: just-in-time identification of international media events / Marta Severo, Timothée Giraud, Nicolas Douay.


15 h 30 Journal of Digital Social Sciences / Tommaso Venturini


16 h 00 Discussion

17 h 00 End of workshop


JITSO 2012 will be organized through an experimental open and public reviewing process, using WordPress as a central platform for publishing and reviewer articles and for designing the structure of the workshop itself.

Contribution types

JITSO 2012 welcome two types of (short) contributions

– Research notes (max 2000 words) discussing briefly a particular research case or an on-going project.

– Tool presentations (max 1000 words) showing (possibly with a video/pictures) the relevant use of a tool for Just-in-time sociology.

With the choice of these two short formats, we encourage submissions from a broad audience of researchers, covering most of the emerging topics of just-in-time sociology. After the workshop, a selection of these research notes will be developed in 2013 into full acamedic articles, published in a special issue of an international journal.

Submission and reviewing process

All submission will be submitted as WordPress Posts on jitso.org. We encourage inclusion of animations, video in the article. References can be added at the end of submission or directly as URL links.

The whole reviewing process will be made public.


1. Signal your intention to submit an article by writing an email to contact@jitso.org.

2. The editor send you an invitation to become contributor on the jitso.org platform.

3. Write your article in the wordpress interface. Send a mail to contact@jitso.org when it is ready to be published. Deadline Extension :  8 October 2012

4. The editor assigns to your article three referees that will write public comments about your article. The article is published on the jitso.org website with the mention “under discussion”. Referees publish their comments within two weeks and then discuss with the authors.

5. Based on the discussion, the authors modify their article and prepare a new version as a separated post.  Once they find it is ready, they post it as new WordPress post and send a mail to contact@jitso.org stating that their article is ready for the Program Committee discussion.  Deadline : 29 October 2012. 5 November 2012. 9 November 2012.

6. Program Committee Discussion : The purpose of the program committee discussion is to decide about the program of JITSO 2012. This discussion is restricted to the members of the PC but, for transparency, it will take the form of recorded video discussion using a tool like Google + HangOut. The video discussion with be recorded and posted on the jitso.org website. Following the discussion, the official program will be announced.

7. Only the new versions of the accepted articles will be presented on the jitso.org website. The rejected papers and the first submitted versions will be removed.

8. Workshop day : The workshop will take place at EPFL in Lausanne. Some contributors and attendants could also follow it remotely. All presentations will be recorded and posted on the jitso.org website.


1. Who are the members of the Program Committee ? Can I suggest another researcher to join the PC ? How can I become a PC member myself ? 

The list of the PC member is here. These researchers have been chosen for their previous research in this emerging area. The list may evolve over time. Don’t hesitate to suggest a new relevant researcher to include by sending a mail to contact@jitso.org. If you want to join the PC yourself, please send a mail to contact@jitso.org. You will need the approval of at least three members of the current PC to be elected. This discussion will be made public.

2. Can the published notes be refered to ? Do they actually count as “real” publications ?

Each submitted article will be assigned a unique reference number and a stable URL, making reference very easy. All JITSO publications will be peer-reviewed through an open and public process. Therefore, they should count as “real” publications. The authors of a selected number of articles will be asked to contribute to a special issue of international journal.


2 thoughts on “JITSO 2012

  1. Pingback: Removal of temporarily published articles | Just-In-Time Sociology

  2. Pingback: Just-in-Time Sociology (JITSO) workshop just concluded « Paola Tubaro's Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s