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ICFCA 2007 Workshop "Social Network Analysis and Conceptual
Structures: Exploring Opportunities"
February 16, 2007
in conjunction with The 5th International Conference on Formal
Concept Analysis (ICFCA 2007)
Clermont-Ferrand, France, February 12-16, 2007
EXTENDED DEADLINE -- Sunday, January 14, 2007.
The recent years have seen a renewed interest in an interdisciplinary
effort aiming at analyzing social networks, in which both
mathematical sociology and computer science play a notable role,
relying altogether extensively on graph theory. This effort has
mainly been fueled and supported by significant advances in computing
capabilities and electronic data availability for several social
systems: scientists, webloggers, online customers, computer-based
collaboration-enhancing devices, inter alia.
In particular, knowledge networks, i.e. interaction networks where
agents produce or exchange knowledge, are the focus of many current
studies, both qualitative and quantitative. Among these, community-
detection issues such as finding agents sharing sets of identical
patterns are a key topic. Social network analysis is proficient in
methods aimed at discovering, describing, and plausibly organizing
various kinds of social communities.
At the same time, conceptual structures can yield a fruitful insight
in this regard, be it in relation to epistemic communities (i.e.
agents dealing with identical topics, such as scientific communities
or weblogs) or to affiliation networks (actors belonging to the same
organizations, participating in identical events). And, indeed, some
applications of concept lattices in sociology have been proposed
since the early 1990s; yet, in that context social aspects of
community structures are usually of prime interest: leaders,
peripheral members, cooperation within and between different groups.
On the other hand, conceptual structures are typically focused around
taxonomies -- possibly useful to describe actors in terms of centers
of interest, for instance -- rather than focused on interactions.
More broadly, notions pertaining to social network analysis seem
presently to remain somehow outside the mainstream research of the
concept lattice community.
The aim of this workshop is to investigate the opportunities for
formal concept analysis in social networks by proposing possible
bridges between these frameworks and by presenting issues of
mathematical sociology which could benefit from conceptual
structures, so as to eventually facilitate collaboration between the
two fields. Therefore, we particularly welcome submissions of the
survey type describing the state of the art in any of the fields
listed below along with submissions specifying a concrete problem
that still needs an efficient formal solution. Submissions may but do
not have to address the possible use of formal concept analysis in
Social scientists using or willing to use formal techniques in any of
the fields listed below; researchers in discrete structures and
formal concept analysis interested in applications in social sciences.
Knowledge networks / epistemic networks
Collective construction of knowledge, social cognition
Social epistemology applied to social networks
Social network analysis of communities of practice
Information diffusion in social networks
Social network-based methods for community detection
Web communities, open-source development communities
Social networking websites
Collaboration-enhancing tools (in organizations, on the web, inter
Knowledge exchange devices
Semantic web and social networks
Knowledge management using social data
Building semantics from collaborative environments
Taxonomies and ontologies for scientific domains
Network analysis for folksonomies
Systems for folksonomy building
Evolution of network structures
Papers no longer than 16 pages should be submitted no later than
January 5, 2007 to [log in to unmask] in Adobe PDF or Postscript
format. Papers should also be formatted according to the official
formatting guidelines of the main conference (LNCS).
Short papers are also welcome.
Sergei Obiedkov (Higher School of Economics, Russia) -
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Camille Roth (University of Modena, Italy & CREA/CNRS, France) -
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Alain Degenne (CNRS, France)
Vincent Duquenne (University of Paris VI/CNRS, France)
Peter Eklund (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Linton C. Freeman (UC Irvine, USA)
Andreas Hotho (University of Kassel, Germany)
Jeffrey H. Johnson (Open University, UK)
Cliff Joslyn (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
Bjoern Koester (University of Dresden, Germany)
Sergei Kuznetsov (Higher School of Economics & VINITI, Russia)
John Levi Martin (University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA)
Michel Morvan (ENS Lyon-EHESS, France)
Amedeo Napoli (LORIA/CNRS, France)
Jean Sallantin (LIRMM/CNRS, France)
Gerd Stumme (University of Kassel, Germany)
Submission deadline: **Sunday, January 14, 2007**
Notification of acceptance: January 22, 2007
Workshop date: February 16, 2007
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