Here is the downloadable pdf file of the conference call.

In the era of big data, increasingly sizeable datasets come from social media, particularly location-based social media, in the form of user-generated contents. The social media data are defined at fine spatial and temporal scales. The availability of such data creates unprecedented opportunities for researchers to uncover what were previously hidden in the era of small data. What kind of new research questions may be answered by the available social media data? What are the social, ethical, and political implications of the wide use of social media platforms and the availability of such data? Particularly, what can geographers, GIScientists, and social scientists in general, contribute in response to the unique research opportunities and challenges with social media data?

This conference is to bring together researchers from various fields and perspectives to share ideas and findings of their research related to social media data. The participants can then reflect upon what has been accomplished and discuss what can be pursued in the future. Look forward to your participation!


You are invited to submit full papers (5000 words) or extended abstracts (1200-1500 words) at Example topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Theories and Data Models for Social Media Data

  • GIS representation and data structure for social media data
  • Theoretical models of social media data in geographical, temporal, and social dimensions
  • Open GIS in the big data era
  • Scalability issues with social media data
  • Data quality and representativeness of social media data

Analysis and Applications

  • Applications of social media data and analysis in any field of study
  • Social media data mining
  • Social or complex network analysis
  • Fractal or scaling analysis of big data
  • Big data analytics and place sentiments
  • Human mobility and spatial interaction

Geovisualization for Social Media Data

  • Geovisualization of social media data in space, time, and social dimensions.
  • Visual analytics tools for social media data
  • Exploratory and visual data mining of social media data
  • Agent-based simulations of human patterns in social media

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Authors of accepted submissions are expected to give oral or poster presentations at the conference. Following the peer-review process, highest quality research papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of Computers, Environment and Urban Systems and possibly an edited book.

Special Sessions

You are welcome to organize special sessions. If you like to organize a special session, please submit a brief proposal with suggested theme and some possible participants.  Proposals or questions about special sessions can be sent to or any of the conference organizers. The deadline of special session proposal is Nov. 15, 2014.

Student paper competition sessions will be organized. Awards will be made to master’s level paper and doctoral-level papers separately. Award decisions will be made at the discretion of a Student Paper Competition Committee.