Special Issue "Social Web Mining"
A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2011)
Prof. Dr. Maged N. Kamel Boulos (Website)
University of the Highlands and Islands / Oilthigh na Gàidhealtachd agus nan Eilean, The Alexander Graham Bell Centre for Digital Health, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1JJ, Scotland, UK
Phone: 01343 576830
Interests: medical and health informatics; including telehealthcare/eHealth; geographic informatics; 3D virtual worlds and virtual globes (mirror worlds); web 2.0; e-learning
Analysing Social Web (e.g., blogs, Twitter, etc.) post aggregates in real or near-real-time can give us a good indication of the prevailing public opinion(s) of corresponding communities regarding different matters of interest. It can tell us about the general public mood (and changes in it over time, and where ‘the wisdom of the (online) crowds’ is currently pointing, acting like a measure of the psychosocial “pulse” and beat of online societies. As more and more people are getting connected these days to the Internet all over the world, online societies are rapidly becoming a good mirror of offline, conventional societies, and the Social Web is quickly becoming a strategic place of choice to reach out to them and influence them on a large scale in ways that were never possible a few decades ago, e.g., using ‘viral’ (rapidly spreading) videos and other forms of ‘viral’ social marketing techniques and Social Web opinion-shaping interventions. This special issue of Future Internet is dedicated to publishing the latest applied research (methods and applications) surrounding these issues in various sectors, such as defense, healthcare, etc.
Maged N. Kamel Boulos
- social web mining
- info ops
- “viral” social marketing
- technosocial predictive analytics
- public health surveillance