Social Sensing Workshop

27 September 2021, Adam Mickiewicz University, PoznaƄ

Workshop Programme

The workshop programme consists out of presentation of accepted papers, an opening inspirational note and an interactive whiteboard session. All times are in CEST.

The workshop will take place at this virtual venue (Zoom room): Meeting ID: 984 7880 3217, Passcode: sosen

For the interactive sessions, please use the provided Miro board.

14.00-14.10    welcome and introduction

 opening inspirational note:

 "Ground Truthing Social Sensing" (Renee Sieber)

14.30-15.15    paper session 1
15.15-15.30    coffee break (breakout rooms plus whiteboard opening)
15.30-16.15    paper session 2
16.15-16.30    interactive whiteboard session (all participants are invited to share their thoughts)
16.30-17.00    synthesis and wrap-up

Workshop Information

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the GIScience conference has been moved to 27 September 2021. Thus, we also move the Social Sensing Workshop, which will be collocated with GIScience 2021. Please pay attention to the new deadlines.

Due to the wide-spread use of disruptive digital technologies like social media, wearable sensing devices and digital communication tools, we are transitioning from data-scarce to data-rich research environments. A variety of large-scale datasets, sensing technologies, geo-participation initiatives, collaborative mapping tools, and data science approaches have emerged that have the potential to help us in gaining a better understanding of geospatial and spatio-temporal processes. As a result, the field of GIScience is being reshaped and challenged to develop innovative and adequate methods for data analysis, knowledge generation and information visualisation.

Workshop topics

  • Human-centred GIScience: data acquisition, analysis, and visualisation
  • New methods for analysing human-generated data: social media analytics, social and participatory sensing
  • Mixed-methods approaches combining qualitative and quantitative data
  • Multi-modal analysis (e.g., spatial-temporal-semantic)
  • Machine learning approaches for information extraction from human-generated data
  • Multidisciplinary research (GIScience, computer and data science, sociology, urban science, computational linguistics, human geography, a.o.)
  • ELSI aspects (ethical, legal and sociological implications)

Submission Guidelines and Important Dates

Submissions of research or visionary papers (max. 1,500 words) should be directly uploaded to the workshop webpage (SoSen 2021) on EasyChair in PDF format. Please use this word template for paper submissions: GIScience SoSen Template 2021.

A research paper can present research work-in-progress. Visionary paper should outline pertaining and future challenges in the area of social sensing (s. "Workshop Topics"). Please indicate in the submission process whether your submission is a research paper or a visionary paper.

  • Deadline for submissions (max. 1,500 words): 23 July 2021
  • Decisions to authors: 09 August 2021
  • Submission of revised papers: 31 August 2021
  • Workshop: 27 September 2021

Workshop Format

This workshop will start with an opening inspirational note. Thereafter, authors of selected papers will present their contributions - research and visionary talks are welcome. Thereafter, we will discuss the workshop topics and the wider implications for the field in an interactive, whiteboard-supported session to reflect on some of the key ideas, current developments and visions. The day will end with a plenary wrap-up session to compile a list of challenges and topics for the future research agenda.

Publication of Accepted Papers

All accepted papers will be made available for download on the workshop website in a free and open access model.

Registration Information

Details regarding conference and workshop registration can be found at Please note that early registration rates for GIScience end July 31, 2021. To register, please use this URL:

Organising Committee