The Statistical Challenges in eCommerce Research Symposium was founded in 2005 by Galit Shmueli, Wolfgang Jank and Ravi Bapna, and was first held at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business with the purpose of bringing together researchers across disciplines to address the statistical challenges and issues unique to research that used Web-based data. Since then the workshop has been held every year at a variety of locations, hosted by many different universities including New York University (held in New York City), Carnegie Mellon University (held in Pittsburgh, PA), University of Texas in Austin (held in Austin, TX), University of Arizona (held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and McGill University (held in Montreal, Canada) and Catolica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics (held in Lisbon, Portugal).