Special Issue on
Learning and Interacting in the Web: Social networks and social software in
the Web 2.0
International Journal of Knowledge and Learning
Edited by: Dr. Miltiadis D. Lytras
ISSN (Online): 1741-1017 - ISSN (Print): 1741-1009
Special Issue Editors
Sheizaf Rafaeli, Center for the Study of the Information Society and the
Graduate School of Business, University of Haifa, Israel,
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Stephen Downes, National Research Council Canada, Canada,
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Miltiadis Lytras, Research Academic Computer Technology Institute and
Computer Engineering and Informatics Department, University of Patras,
Hellas, [log in to unmask]
Ambjorn Naeve, Knowledge Management Research Group, Royal Insitute of
Technology, Sweden, http://kmr.nada.kth.se, [log in to unmask]
Call for Papers
Knowledge and Learning are social phenomena as well as human-
centric. In simple words the deployment of emerging technologies to
knowledge and learning requires a multilevel support of individuals,
teams, communities and networks. The evolution of technologies has
really made difficult the distinction between the various levels of
reference. In simple words people are not isolated from their micro- or
macro-environment. The technology-supported information highways
have developed unforeseen opportunities for knowledge and learning
flows between the peers in this network.
According to Finin et all (2005), Social networks are explicit
representations of the relationships between individuals and groups in a
community. In the abstract, these networks are just simple graphs with
nodes for the people and groups and links for the relationships. In
practice, the links can encode all kinds of relationships – familial,
friendship, professional or organizational. Social network theory, the
of such social networks, has developed techniques found useful in many
fields, including sociology, anthropology, psychology and organizational
studies…Virtual or online communities are groups of people connected
through the Internet and other information technologies. These have
become an important part of modern society and contribute to life in
many contexts - social, educational, political and business. The
communication technologies and infrastructures used to support virtual
communities have evolved with the Internet and include electronic
mailing lists, bulletin boards, usenet, IRC, Wikis, and blogs.
Downes (2005), argues that personal descriptions, as found in social
networks, and resource descriptions, as found in the semantic web,
should be merged to form a single network, the semantic social network.
It seems that Knowledge and Learning domain enters in a new era
where Micro-contents (1) provide the most critical asset. Web 2.0 (2) is
the new buzzword with great potential.
The International Journal of Knowledge and Learning seeks original
manuscripts for the Special Issue on “Learning and Interacting in the
Web: Social networks and social software in the Web 2.0” scheduled to
appear in a mid-late 2007 issue.
The key motivation for this special issue is to go beyond the verbalisms
and the wishful thinking for the critical role of networks for the
promotion of knowledge and learning.
So this is the theme of the special issue. We invite open minds,
academics, and practitioners to contribute their research on how social
networks and social software create new opportunities, exploiting
leading edge approaches on design and modeling of systems towards
the vision of Web 2.0
Downes S. (2005), Semantic networks and social networks, The Learning
Organization, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 411-417
Finin T., Ding L. and Zou L. (2005), Social networking on the semantic
web, The Learning Organization, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 418 – 435
Lytras M., Sicilia M.A., Kinshuk, Sampson D. (2005) , "Special Issue on
Semantic and social aspects of learning in organizations", The Learning
Organization Journal, Volume 12, Issue 5, 2005,
Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Social network analysis as applied to the Web.
- New forms of interaction in social systems.
- FOAF and other metadata schema describing individuals and
- Folksonomies, tagging and other collaboration-based
- Sharing contents in on-line communities.
- Blogging as a social activity and approaches to semantic blogs.
- Wikis, semantic Wikis and other collaborative knowledge creation
- Collaborative filtering in social settings.
- Analyzing social interaction for finding knowledge on Web users.
ASAP - Initial contact with Guest editors for ideas sharing
30th Sept 2006-Abstract submissions
15th Dec 2006-Submission of manuscripts
15th Feb 2007-Notification to authors
15th April 2007-Final versions due
Style and Author Guidelines
Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently
submitted for journal publication elsewhere. As an author, you are
responsible for understanding and adhering to our submission guidelines.
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