[Telecentres] CFP: Conference on Communities and Technologies

Andy Carvin acarvin at edc.org
Wed Sep 22 16:43:24 BST 2004

Thought this might be of interest. Please contact the organizers for 
more information... -ac
Andy Carvin
Program Director
EDC Center for Media & Community
acarvin @ edc . org

From: Jenny Preece <preece at UMBC.EDU>
Date: September 22, 2004 2:44:07 PM EDT
To: AIS_HCI at listserv.syr.edu
Subject: [Fwd: call Conference on Communities and Technologies
Reply-To: Jenny Preece <preece at UMBC.EDU>

I thought this might interest some people. Please distribute it to 
others who may be


Call for Papers

The Second International Conference on Communities & Technologies (C&T 
2005) Milan,
Italy, 13-16 June, 2005

The relationship between communities and technology is an increasingly 
research topic as the number of communities turning to technology for 
online and
face-to-face support grows. The Second International Conference on 
Communities &
Technologies (C&T 2005) conference provides a forum for stimulating and 
research about all facets of community and technology support for 

To be successful this field requires multidisciplinary research efforts 
researchers from different fields of applied computer science (Computer 
Cooperative Work, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Artificial 
Information Retrieval, Human Computer Interaction, Information Systems), 
the social
sciences (Economics, Management Science, Psychology, Political Science, 
Ethnography, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Economics) and many 
application areas, such
as Education, Business, Medicine and civic engagement.

Communities are social entities whose participants share common goals, 
needs, interests,
and practices: they constitute the basic units of social experience. For 
a number of
reasons, researchers are increasingly interested in the topic of 
communities. First,
within a global knowledge-based society, communities play a pivotal 
role. Problems such
as new forms of political participation and civic engagement, 
maintenance of cultural
identity, or the integration of minorities need to be tackled on the 
community level.
Second, communities also re-shape the processes of learning and sharing 
knowledge in and
among organizations, formal and informal groups. The Internet and the 
Web make
communication possible across national boundaries and between cultures 
in ways that
could not happen before. Furthermore, mobile devices, particularly 
advanced phone
technologies, promise to open the Internet to people who have been 
denied access for
financial, technical and cultural reasons.

For information technologies to support communities research is needed 
to understand the
social, technical and usability needs of participants. Many topics need 
to be addressed
including: trust-building, maintaining (awareness of) social relations, 
social capital,
visualization of social relationships, matching (unknown) participants, 
bridging between
physical and electronically-mediated interaction, cultural needs.

The conference offers an opportunity to present and discuss empirical 
and conceptual
research. Topics covered include, but are not restricted to the 
following subjects:

Social science approaches of communities and technologies:
* models and theories
* online communities and organization theory
* communities and social network analysis
* ethnographic studies of virtual communities
Social dimensions of community technologies:
* privacy and security
* empathy and trust
* participation and non-participation
* community learning
Local communities and social capital:
* technologies and social capital development
* community informatics / digital cities
* case studies of community building and development
* cross-cultural communities
* communities and NGO's
* local, rural and regional communities
Communities in organizations and business:
* communities and business models
* consumer communities and electronic commerce
* online consumer and brand communities
* communities and knowledge management
Communities and innovation:
* communities of practice and communities of interest
* communities and innovation
* open source communities
* epistemic communities and technology development
Technologies for community support:
* virtual, networked and mobile community formation and development * 
novel forms of
technology support
* design and development methods
* technical architectures
* interoperability among community systems
* virtual community support for education, business, government, civic 
activities, et
* light-weight technologies
* visualization

Paper submission
Full research papers of not more than 20 pages should be produced in the 
publications format. Papers must be submitted electronically. The 
conference website
will have a facility for this.

Proposals should be no longer than 4 pages in the conference 
publications format and
should include a summary of no more than 150 words describing the 
theme(s) of the
workshop, a longer description of the workshop activities and goals, the 
background of
the organizer(s), the maximum number of participants, the means of 
participation, and the means of selecting participants. Submissions are 
due in PDF or
Word format attached to an email sent to the following email address:
workshop-cct2005 at disco.unimib.it; the sender's email address will be 
used for further

The proceedings will be published by Kluwer Academic Publishers

Important Dates:
November, 12, 2004: Submission deadline for papers;
December, 03, 2004: Submission deadline for workshops;
December, 23, 2004: Notification of acceptance for workshops;
January, 15, 2005: Notification of acceptance for papers;
February, 15, 2005: Submission of camera-ready papers;
May, 13, 2005: early registration;
June, 13 to 16, 2005: Conference held in Milano.


Conference Co-Chairs:
Giorgio De Michelis - University of Milano Bicocca
Carla Simone - University of Milano Bicocca

Program Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Preece - University of Maryland
Peter van den Besselaar - Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and 
University of Amsterdam

Workshops Chair:
Fiorella De Cindio - University of Milano

Organization Co-Chairs:
Alessandra Agostini - University of Milano
Marcello Sarini - University of Milano Bicocca

Program Committee
Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Alessandra Agostini, University of Milano, Italy
Erik Andriessen, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Stefania Bandini, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Andreas Becks, Fraunhofer FIT, Aachen, Germany
John Carroll, Penn State University, USA
Andrew Clement, University of Toronto, Canada
Noshir Contractor, University of Illinois, USA
Elesabeth Davenport, Napier University, USA
Peter Day, University of Brighton, UK
Fiorella De Cindio, University of Milano, Italy
Giorgio De Michelis, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Gerhard Fischer, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Valerie Frissen, TNO-STB, Delft, The Netherlands
Manuel Heitor, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Thomas Herrmann, University of Dortmund, Germany
Pamela Hinds, Stanford University, USA
Marleen Huysman, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Toru Ishida, Kyoto University, Japan
Yasmin Kaifa, UCLA, USA
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Helmut Krmar, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Brian Loader, University of Teeside, UK
Peter Mambrey, Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Mark Maybury, MITRE, Bedford, USA
Anders Morch, University of Oslo, Norway
Keiichi Nakata, University of Tokio, Japan
Bernhard Nett, Un. of Freiburg & Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Davide Nicolini, University of Trento, Italy
Markus Perkmann, Warwick Business School, UK
Volkmar Pipek, University of Bonn, Germany
Jenny Preece, University of Maryland, USA
Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Leslie Regan Shade, Concordia University, Canada
Paul Resnick, University of Michigan, USA
Markus Rohde, Int. Inst. for Socio-Informatics, Germany
Harry Scarbrough, Warwick Business School, UK
Doug Schuler, Evergreen State Collges, USA
Gerhard Schwabe, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Carla Simone, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Charles Steinfield, Michigan State University, USA
Larry Stillman, Monash University, Australia
Yao Hua Tan, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Peter van Baalen, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Peter van den Besselaar, KNAW & UvA, The Netherlands
Bart van den Hooff, Un. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Etienne Wenger, CPsquare, USA
Suzanne Weisband, University of Arizona, USA
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, Canada
Volker Wulf, Un. of Siegen and Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany

Jennifer Preece (Professor)
Information Systems Department
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250, USA

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