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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
important 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 disseminating
research about all facets of community and technology support for
To be successful this field requires multidisciplinary research efforts
involving researchers from different fields of applied computer science
(Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Computer Supported Collaborative
Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Information Retrieval, Human Computer
Interaction, Information Systems), the social sciences (Economics,
Management Science, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology,
Ethnography, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Economics) and many
application areas, such as Education, Business, Medicine and civic
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 scientific 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
Like C&T 2003 this will be a high-quality conference in which we expect
a similar acceptance rate of approximately 1 in 6 papers. Full research
papers of not more than 20 pages should be produced in the  conference
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 soliciting
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: [log in to unmask]; the sender's email
address will be used for further contacts.

The proceedings will be published by Kluwer Academic Publishers

Important Dates:
November, 12, 2004: Submission deadline for papers proposals;
December, 03, 2004: Submission deadline for workshop proposals;
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
Programme Co-Chairs:
     Jennifer Preece             - University of Maryland Baltimore County
     Peter van den Besselaar - Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and
Workshops Chair:
     Fiorella De Cindio - University of Milano
Organization Co-Chairs:
     Alessandra Agostini - University of Milano
     Marcello Sarini             - University of Milano Bicocca

Programme Committee  (to be completed)
Agostini  Alessandra, University of Milano, Italy
Andriessen Erik, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Bandini  Stefania, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Becks  Andreas, Fraunhofer FIT, Aachen, Germany
Carroll  John, Virginia Tech,   USA
Clement  Andrew, University of Toronto, Canada
Day  Peter, U. Brighton, UK
De Cindio Fiorella, University of Milano, Italy
De Michelis Giorgio, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Frissen   Valerie, TNO-STB, Delft, The Netherlands
Heitor  Manuel, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Herrmann Thomas, University of Dortmund, Germany
Huysman  Marleen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Toru Ishida, Kyoto University, Japan
Klamma  Ralf, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Krmar  Helmut, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Mambrey Peter, Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Maybury Mark, MITRE,  Bedford, USA
Morch  Anders, University of Oslo, Norway
Nakata Keiichi, University of Tokio, Japan
Nett Bernhard, University of Freiburg and Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Pipek Volkmar, University of Bonn, Germany
Preece Jenny, University of Maryland Baltimore County , USA
Prinz  Wolfgang, Fraunhofer-FIT, Sankt Augustin, Germany
Regan Shade Leslie, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Rohde Markus, Int. Institute for Socio-Informatics, Bonn, Germany
Schwabe Gerhard, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Simone  Carla, University of Milano Bicocca,  Italy
Stillman Larry, Monash University,  Australia
van den Besselaar Peter, NIWI, The Netherlands
Weisband  Suzanne, University of Arizona, USA
Wellman Barry, University of Toronto, Canada
Wulf Volker, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany

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Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf
Institute for Information Systems, University of Siegen
Hölderlinstr. 3, 57068 Siegen, Germany
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Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FhG-FIT)
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