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"What is missing in Social Software? Current collaborative practices in social software" - Workshop

24. 09. 2007

in conjunction with the 10th European Conference on Computer-Supported
Cooperative Work, Limerick, Ireland, September 24-28, 2007.

MOTIVATION AND BACKGROUND

Social software - often connected to older forms of computer mediated communication (CMC) and newer discussion about online communities - concentrates on the link-up between social entities in digital social networks and their interaction. Group systems contain and group social entities. The general topic of the workshop is to start the discussion about the following questions: How does social software relate to the domain of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and what are current collaborative practices in social software.

The use of new digital media tools such as blogs, wikis, tagging and other communicative or multimedia assets create new challenges for the domain of computer-supported cooperative work. Typical social software hosts serves
typically million of users dedicated to one digital medium like digital images, digital videos, and digital audio or specialised on one service like (micro-)blogging, social networking, or bookmark sharing. New challenges for engineering and design of cooperative systems are raised by the new business models possible through the availaibility of social software like user-generated content, collective intelligence phenomena, and syndication but also new threads like loosing control on private data and complete transparency of human acting.

Nevertheless, new generation of groupware tools incorporate social software features and well established research results from CSCW are to be revisited in the light of social software like to realize awareness in the presence of
millions of users or how social software will be appropriated in organizations.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

The workshop focuses on current collaborative work practices in social software. The workshop seeks for quality contributions that propose solutions to the issues identified above. It aims to bring together scientists and engineers who work on designing and/or developing social
software, as well as practitioners using them in corporate settings. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

* Social roles and Leadership in Social Software
* Social norms, Social Control and Deviant Behaviour in Social Software
* Trust, Distrust and Visibility in Social Software
* Security, Data Protection and Privacy in Social Software
* Appropriation of Social Software in Organizations
* Visualisation and Awareness in Social Software
* Design and Collaborative Media
* Digital Democracy, Digital Rights, Digital Divide

WORKSHOP STRUCTURE

Prospective workshop participants will be requested to post a working paper (up to 2000 words) on the workshop wiki
(http://www.idc.ul.ie/idcwiki/index.php/Social_Software_Workshop_at_ECSCW_07
), describing their research topic, the methods employed, and their preliminary results/findings. Participants will be asked to present their papers at the workshop, and every series of presentations will be followed by discussions. The papers have to be posted on the workshop wiki by the
25th of June 2007 and the notification of acceptance will be given on July 2, 2007. Commenting on peers’ papers will be encouraged. All accepted contributions are invited to be presented at the workshop by at least one of the authors. Workshop attendees may also register for the main ECSCW
conference.

We will have presentations in the morning, a long lunch with a walk into thetown of Limerick and a discussion with wiki use in the afternoon.

Costs of the workshop will be 70 EUR.

IMPORTANT DATES

* Deadline: 26 June 2007
* E-mail or wiki URL: mailto:[email protected] or
http://www.idc.ul.ie/idcwiki/index.php/Social_Software_Workshop_at_ECSCW_07
* Notification: 2 July 2007

ORGANIZATION

* Ralf Klamma (RWTH Aachen University),
* Sebastian Fiedler (Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna),
* Jan Schmidt (Bamberg University),
* Ton Zijlstra (Proven Partners),
* Gabriela Avram (University of Limerick)

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (tentative)

* Thomas Becker, Buhl Data Service (GER)
* Yiwei Cao, RWTH Aachen University (GER) (confirmed)
* Anja Ebersbach, University of Konstanz (GER) (confirmed)
* Karsten Ehms, Siemens Corporate Technologies (GER)
* Tom Erickson, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (USA)
* Barbara Kieslinger, Center for Social Innovation (AUT) (confirmed)
* Stephan Lukosch, Fernuniversität Hagen (GER) (confirmed)
* Mathias Lux, University of Klagenfurt (AUT) (confirmed)
* Peter Scott, Open University (UK)
* Marc Spaniol, RWTH Aachen University (GER) (confirmed)
* Marc Smith, Microsoft Research (USA)
* Martin Wolpers, KU Leuven (BEL) (confirmed)
* Volker Wulf, University of Siegen (GER) (confirmed)

Deadline Call for Papers:
26. 06. 2007

 

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