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"Dr. Paul Benjamin Lowry" <[log in to unmask]>
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Social Networks and Virtual Worlds for Work, Learning and Play

Mini-Track Chairs: 

*	 <> Caroline Haythornthwaite
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [Primary Contact] 
*	 <> Karine
Barzilai-Nahon - University of Washington 

.          <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Paul Benjamin Lowry  - Brigham

.          <mailto:[log in to unmask]> Ian MacInnes - Syracuse University


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Additional detail may be found on  <> HICSS
primary web site


Our online ways and means of connecting with others and maintaining ties for
everyday life, community, work, learning and play are changing dramatically
with the increasing adoption and use of social networking applications such
as Facebook, MySpace, etc., immersive worlds such as Second Life, and more
comprehensive online support environments such as collaboratories, virtual
communities, and online communities of practice. These new settings provide
the infrastructure for new patterns of connectivity, new ways of working,
learning and playing with known and unknown others, locally and globally
distributed, with common and diverse cultural experiences.


This minitrack for HICSS 42 calls for papers that address the design,
analysis, theory, review, experiments and/or observation of social networks,
virtual communities, and virtual worlds in the contexts of work, school,
home, community, and play. Papers from all methodological approaches are
welcome, including design and user studies, quantitative and qualitative
research, and theoretical work. Interdisciplinary work is particularly
encouraged. All papers should be well grounded in the literature, present
original work, and make a substantial addition to the literature in this


Examples of topics for this minitrack include, but are not limited to the



.       Online communities: organizational, group and individual behavior

.       Design for online networks and communities

.       E-learning: structures, implementation, and practices

.       Interaction between the off-line and online community

.       Online gaming: design, economics, behavior

.       Collaborative work, learning or gaming online

.       Peer-to-peer or mobile services for virtual communities

.       Case studies and topologies of online communities

.       Theoretical models of virtual worlds

.       Business and organizational models of virtual worlds

.       Economic behaviors in virtual worlds, and game economies

.       Synergies and conflicts between real and virtual worlds

.       Identity in virtual worlds

.       Interface design for social networking, virtual worlds, virtual

.       Social networking agents

.       Anti-social behavior, online addiction, predatory behavior online

.       Legal and ethical issues of virtual worlds

.       Privacy and security issues in online networks



All papers must conform to HICSS formatting standards:



Important Deadlines

*	Abstracts 

Authors may contact Minitrack Chairs for guidance and indication of
appropriate content at anytime.

*	June 15, 2008 

*	Authors submit full papers to the Peer Review System, following
Author Instructions found on the  <> HICSS web
site. All papers will be submitted in double column publication format and
limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references. Papers undergo a
double-blind review. 

*	August 15, 2008 

*	Acceptance/Rejection notices are sent to Authors via the Peer Review

*	September 15, 2008 

*	Authors submit Final Version of papers following submission
instructions on the Peer Review System web site. At least one author of each
paper must register by this date with specific plans to attend the
conference to present the paper. 

Instructions for Paper Submission

*	HICSS papers must contain original material not previously
published, or currently submitted elsewhere 
*	Do not submit the manuscript to more than one mini-track. If unsure
which mini-track is appropriate, submit the abstract to the Track Chair for
*	Submit your full paper according to the detailed formatting and
submission instructions found on the HICSS website. Note: All papers will be
submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages
including diagrams and references. HICSS will conduct double-blind reviews
of each submitted paper. 

HICSS conferences are devoted to advances in the information, computer, and
system sciences, and encompass developments in both theory and practice.
Invited papers may be theoretical, conceptual, tutorial or descriptive in
nature. Submissions undergo a double-blind peer referee process and those
selected for presentation will be published in the Conference Proceedings.
Submissions must not have been previously published. 

For the latest information visit the HICSS web site at:

Ralph Sprague, Conference Chair 
Email: [log in to unmask] 

Sandra Laney, Conference Administrator 
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Paul Benjamin Lowry, PhD


Kevin and Debra Rollins Faculty Fellow

Information Systems Department

Marriott School

Brigham Young University

573 Tanner Building

Provo, UT 84602

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