The 7th Workshop on Social Network Analysis in Applications was held on 31 July 2017 in Sydney, Australia during the 2017 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining. The event was organised by Wroclaw University of Science and Technology Data Science Group within the framework of RENOIR Project. Out of twelve papers submitted for the workshop, eight were selected for presentation and publication. This year the competition has been particularly hard since only one submitted paper had negative score given by the international reviewers.
The SNAA workshop series is devoted to the analysis of social structures and identification of the areas where social network analysis can be applied to discover knowledge not accessible for other types of analysis. We seek for business and industrial applications of social network analysis that help solve real-world problems. The area of social network analysis and its applications bring together researchers and practitioners from different fields, and the primary goal of this workshop is to provide them the opportunity to share their visions, research achievements and solutions as well as to establish worldwide cooperative research and development. At the same time, we aim to provide a platform for discussing research topics underlying the concepts of social network analysis and its applications by inviting members of different communities that share this interest. As the area of social networks is a highly cross-disciplinary, we aim to foster and develop sustainable collaborations between Computer Science and Informatics, Sociology, Cognitive Science and Psychology, Geographic and Environmental Sciences, Biology, as well as Health and Social Sciences. This will give an opportunity to push further the discussion upon the potential of social networks and their applications across these communities.