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Call for Papers

COMMUNITIES & TECHNOLOGIES (C&T 2003): An International Conference

IMPORTANT DATES:
March 14, 2003: Submission deadline for papers
April 22, 2003: Notification of acceptance
May 21, 2003: Submission of camera-ready copies
September 19 to 21, 2003: Conference held in Amsterdam (or Bonn)

CONFERENCE CHAIRS:
Marleen Huysman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Etienne Wenger, Cp Square, San Jose, USA
Volker Wulf, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Germany

THEME
More and more, the relationship between communities and technology is a
topic of major research interest. ‘C&T’ conference serve as a forum for
stimulating and disseminating research into all facets of communities
supported by information technology. The nature of the 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)
and social sciences (Economics, Management Science, Psychology,
Political Science, Sociology, Ethnography, Discourse Analysis).
Communities are social entities whose actors share common needs,
interests, or 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, the
maintenance of cultural identities, 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. While earlier approaches focused on storing and
retrieving explicit knowledge represented in documents, communities are
believed to be important structures to share implicit situated
knowledge, as well. Given a new dimension by the use of electronic
networks, inter-organizational cooperation is nowadays often discussed
in terms of B2B-Marketplaces, Supply Chain Management, Virtual
Organizations, or Strategic Alliances. Many failed attempts to implement
these approaches can be attributed to inadequate attention to the issues
of communities. Finally new types of communities, e.g. on-line
communities, might change the relationships between producer and
consumer. Information technologies may support or hinder these and other
types of communities by enabling communication among (virtual) community
members.

Research issues include trust-building, maintaining (awareness of)
social relations, increase or decrease of social capital, visualization
of social relationships, matching (unknown) actors, bridging between
physical and electronically-mediated interaction, etc.

The conference will focus on presentation and discussion of empirical
and conceptual research. Topics covered by the conference include, but
are not restricted to the following subjects:
- (virtual) community formation and development
- communities of practice, knowledge sharing and organizational learning

- appropriation of communityware
- communities and innovation
- communities of interest versus communities of practice
- virtual communities versus location based communities
- regional networks and B2B E-commerce
- digital cities
- communities in developmental organizations
- return on investment in communities
- communities and business models
- consumer communities and electronic commerce
- ethnographical studies of virtual communities
- case studies of community building and development
- social capital and communities
- communityware: support or hindrance
- design methods for communityware
- innovative applications in the field of communityware
- architectures for communityware
- interoperability among community systems
- innovative user interfaces for communityware
- privacy and security issues for communityware

WORKSHOPS
Workshops will take place on 19 September 2003. Workshop proposals
should be submitted to the workshop chair: Erik Andriessen, TU Delft,
The Netherlands: [log in to unmask]

PROCEEDINGS
The proceedings will be published by Kluwer Academic Publishers,
Dordrecht.

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE
Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Erik Andriessen, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Peter van Baalen, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Andreas Becks, Fraunhofer FIT, Aachen, Germany
Peter van den Besselaar, NIWI, The Netherlands
John Seely Brown, Palo Alto, USA
Amy Bruckman, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA
John Carroll, Virginia Tech, USA
Elisabeth Davenport, Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
Bente Elkjaer, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Giorgio de Michelis, University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy
Gerhard Fischer, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Thomas Herrmann, University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
Bart van den Hooff, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Yasmin Kafai, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Wendy Kellogg, IBM Research, USA
Paul Keursten, University of Twente, ‘Kessels and Smit’, The Netherlands

Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Timothy Koschman, Southern Illinois University, Chicago, USA
Kari Kuutti, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Helmut Krmar, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Ulrike Lechner, University of Bremen, Germany
Dorothy Leonard, Harvard University, USA
Henry Lieberman, MIT MediaLab, Cambridge, USA
Peter Mambrey, Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Mark Maybury, MITRE, USA
Anders Morch, University of Oslo, Norway
Keiichi Nakata, University of Tokio, Tokio, Japan
Bernhard Nett, University of Freiburg and Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer-FIT, Sankt Augustin, Germany
Larry Prusak, IBM, Cambridge, USA
Volkmar Pipek, University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany
Markus Rohde, International Institute for Socio-Informatics, Bonn,
Germany
Harry Scarbrough, Warwick Business School, UK
Johann Schlichter, TU Munich, Munich, Germany
Kjeld Schmidt, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Doug Schuler, Evergreen State College, Seattle, USA
Ulrike Schultze, Cox Business School, USA
Gerhard Schwabe, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Carla Simone, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Gerry Stahl, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA
Charles Steinfield, Michigan State University, USA
Yao Hua Tan, Vrije University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Suzanne Weisband, University of Arizona, USA
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, Canada

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