Michael Kuhn defended his PhD thesis on “Understanding and Organizing User Generated Data: Methods and Applications” at ETH Zurich and I had the honor to be one of the examiners. His thesis is a prime example how solid theoretical concepts and practical applications go well together. He investigated the similarities in different domains, including people, conferences, and music. I came first across his work at Mobile HCI . He has published an interesting set of papers on his work, see his page at ETH.
As one of the datasets he used http://www.livejournal.com which is can be freely crawled. This is an interesting resource for doing research on social networks.
- http://www.confsearch.org Looking for conference based on keywords? Searching for a conference in a field? Which conferences are related? Have a look and you will find some answers.
- http://www.museek.ethz.ch a comprehensive mobile music application for Android.
PS: http://academic.research.microsoft.com/ is another conference/publication search site – not sure how much I believe in automating the rankings of scientists – as the sites lists me with Aalborg University – and even a change request did not help to put my affiliation right
 Goussevskaia, O., Kuhn, M., and Wattenhofer, R. 2008. Exploring music collections on mobile devices. In Proceedings of the 10th international Conference on Human Computer interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 02 – 05, 2008). MobileHCI ’08. ACM, New York, NY, 359-362. DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1409240.1409288