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Call for Papers

The Second International Conference on Communities & Technologies
(C&T 2005)
Milan, Italy, 13-16 June, 2005
http://www.cct2005.disco.unimib.it/

Important Dates:
November, 12, 2004: Submission deadline for papers
December, 03, 2004: Submission deadline for workshops

Invited Speakers:
Noshir Contractor, Professor University of Illinois, Urbana Champain, USA
Marco Susani, Director of Domus Academy Research Center, Milan, IT

Invited Tutorial:
Larry Prusak, Managing Principal with IBM Consulting Group, Boston, USA

Topic:
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 communities.

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
engagement.

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 science 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
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.

Workshops
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.

Proceedings
The proceedings will be published by Kluwer Academic Publishers

COMMITTEES:
Conference Co-Chairs:
Giorgio De Michelis             - University of Milano Bicocca
Carla Simone            - University of Milano Bicocca

Program Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Preece                 - University of Maryland
Peter van den Besselaar - Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and
University of Amsterdam

Workshops Chair:
Fiorella De Cindio              - University of Milano

Organization Co-Chairs:
Alessandra Agostini             - University of Milano
Marcello Sarini                 - University of Milano Bicocca

Program Committee
Mark Ackerman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Alessandra Agostini, University of Milano, Italy
Erik Andriessen, TU Delft, The Netherlands
Stefania Bandini, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Andreas Becks, Fraunhofer FIT, Aachen, Germany
John Carroll, Penn State University, USA
Andrew Clement, University of Toronto, Canada
Noshir Contractor, University of Illinois, USA
Elesabeth Davenport, Napier University, USA
Peter Day, University of Brighton, UK
Fiorella De Cindio, University of Milano, Italy
Giorgio De Michelis, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
Gerhard Fischer, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Valerie Frissen, TNO-STB, Delft, The Netherlands
Manuel Heitor, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
Thomas Herrmann, University of Dortmund, Germany
Pamela Hinds, Stanford University, USA
Marleen Huysman, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Toru Ishida, Kyoto University, Japan
Yasmin Kaifa, UCLA, USA
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen, Germany
Helmut Krmar, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Brian Loader, University of Teeside, UK
Peter Mambrey, Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Mark Maybury, MITRE,  Bedford, USA
Anders Morch, University of Oslo, Norway
Keiichi Nakata, University of Tokio, Japan
Bernhard Nett, Un. of Freiburg & Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Davide Nicolini, University of Trento, Italy
Markus Perkmann, Warwick Business School, UK
Volkmar Pipek, University of Bonn, Germany
Jenny Preece, University of Maryland, USA
Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany
Leslie Regan Shade, Concordia University, Canada
Paul Resnick, University of Michigan, USA
Markus Rohde, Int. Inst. for Socio-Informatics, Germany
Harry Scarbrough, Warwick Business School, UK
Doug Schuler, Evergreen State Collges, USA
Gerhard Schwabe, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Carla Simone, University of Milano Bicocca,  Italy
Charles Steinfield, Michigan State University, USA
Larry Stillman, Monash University,  Australia
Yao Hua Tan, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
Peter van Baalen, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
Peter van den Besselaar,  KNAW & UvA, The Netherlands
Bart van den Hooff, Un. of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Etienne Wenger, CPsquare, USA
Suzanne Weisband, University of Arizona, USA
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, Canada
Volker Wulf, Un. of Siegen and Fraunhofer-FIT, Germany

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