Best Paper Award


Salzburg Research researchers were awarded the Best Paper Award für the paper “No Outstanding Surprises when Using Social Media as Source for Weak Signals?” ath the ICDS 2015, The Ninth International Conference on Digital Society, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Three papers were selected as “Best Papers” based on the reviews of the original submission, the camera-ready version, and the presentation during the conference. The authors of these papers are also receiving invitations to submit an extended article version to one of the IARIA Journals.

Abstract: Enterprises as well as research institutions are interested to find very early signs for future trends, disruptions or other emerging big changes. Such “weak signals” may also be detected within user-generated social media content. Information technologies support searching, analyzing and interpreting social media data. According to our experiences with an approach called “innovation signals”, none of our detected weak signals was an outstanding surprise for our industry partners. Within this paper, we try to validate these experiences with a look into weak signals theory, and whether similar experiences can be found in the extant literature. While we were not able to find conclusive evidence that our conclusions are common (or that they are not), we present a set of possible explanations of this phenomenon. Our paper has to be seen as a first discussion of the topic, which should be a first step to validate researchers’ experiences and to initiate a potentially controversial discourse about it.

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