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                          Call for Papers
       Workshop on Social Computing and User Generated Content

                June 5, 2011, San Jose, California
                       In conjunction with
       The ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (ACM-EC 2011)
              *SUBMISSIONS DUE April 15, 2011, 5pm EDT*
We solicit research contributions and participants for the Workshop on Social Computing and User Generated Content, to be held in conjunction with the 12th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce (ACM-EC 2011). The workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from a variety of relevant fields, including economics, computer science, and social psychology, in both academia and industry, to discuss the state of the art today, and the challenges and prospects for tomorrow in the field of social computing and user generated content.
Social computing systems are now ubiquitous on the web-- Wikipedia is perhaps the most well-known peer production system, and there are many platforms for crowdsourcing tasks to online users, including Games with a Purpose, Amazon's Mechanical Turk, the TopCoder competitions for software development, and many online Q&A forums such as Yahoo! Answers. Meanwhile, the user-created product reviews on Amazon generate value to other users looking to buy or choose amongst products, while Yelp's value comes from user reviews about listed services; and a significant fraction of the content consumed online consists of user-generated, publicly viewable social media such as blogs or YouTube, as well as comments and discussion threads on these blogs and forums.
The workshop aims to bring together participants with diverse perspectives to address the important research questions surrounding social computing and user generated content: Why do users participate- what factors affect participation levels, and what factors affect the quality of participants' contributions? How can participation be improved, both in terms of the number of participants and the quality of user contributions? What design levers can be used to design better social computing systems? Finally, what are novel ways in which social computing can be used to generate value? The answers to these questions will inform the future of social computing; both towards improving the design of existing sites, as well as contributing to the design of new social computing applications.  Papers from a rich set of experimental, empirical, and theoretical perspectives are invited. The topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to
Incentives in peer production systems
Experimental studies on social computing systems
Empirical studies on social computing systems
Models for user behavior
Crowdsourcing and Wisdom of the Crowds
Games with a purpose
Online question-and-answer systems
Game-theoretic approaches to social computing
Quality and spam control in user generated content
Rating and ranking user generated content
Manipulation resistant ranking schemes
User behavior and incentives on social media 
Trust and privacy in social computing systems
Social-psychological approaches to incentives for contribution
Usability and user experience
Submission instructions
Research papers should report unpublished research results or ongoing research. The workshop will not have an archival proceedings: this means that submissions may be simultaneously under review at a different venue, and the same material may be published later in a journal or archival conference proceedings. Position papers and panel discussion proposals are also welcome. Research contributions will be selected based on relevance, technical merit, and likelihood of catalyzing discussion.
Submissions can be in any format and there is no hard page limit to accommodate working papers from different fields, although we recommend the double-column ACM proceedings format (see
All contributions should be submitted electronically to the organizing committee at [log in to unmask] no later than 5pm EDT April 15, 2011.
At least one author of each accepted research contribution will be expected to attend and present their work at the workshop.
Important dates
April 15, 2011: Submissions due 5pm EDT
May 2, 2011: Notification of accepted research contributions
June 5, 2011: Workshop
Organizing committee
Yiling Chen, Harvard University
Arpita Ghosh, Yahoo! Research
Program committee
Luis Von Ahn, CMU
Chris Dellarocas, Boston University
Coye Cheshire, University of California, Berkeley
Lian Jian, University of Southern California
Karim Lakhani, Harvard Business School
Preston McAfee, Yahoo! Research
Robert Miller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David Parkes, Harvard University
Paul Resnick, University of Michigan
Siddharth Suri, Yahoo! Research
Jenn Wortman Vaughan, University of California, Los Angeles
More information
For more information or questions, visit the workshop website:
or email the organizing committee: [log in to unmask]

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