CHI is the premier conference for computer scientists interested in how
humans use the Internet socially. It's a whole different scale than
Sunbelt, and lots more corporate funding.
Good people, altho note that the reg. fees are much higher than in the
Social Sciences.
See below for an interesting workshop run by smart, nice, soc-sci and SNA
friendly folks.
Pls note that computer science deadlines are strictly enforced, and are
for "date received," not "date sent". Of course, with the INternet, that's
less of a difference.

  Barry Wellman        Professor of Sociology       NetLab Director
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  Centre for Urban & Community Studies        University of Toronto
  455 Spadina Avenue   Toronto Canada M5S 2G8   fax:+1-416-978-7162

On Sun, 20 Jan 2002, Susan Catherine Herring wrote:

> Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 02:08:31 -0500 (EST)
> From: Susan Catherine Herring <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Cc: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: CHI workshop relevant to social network analysis
> Hi Barry,
> We would love to get some social network analysts to participate
> in this. If not, perhaps you'd be willing to post it to
> the social network mailing lists you're on.
> Thanks and best wishes,
> Susan
>           A CHI 2002 WORKSHOP
>           Discourse Architectures:
>           Designing and Visualizing
>           Computer-Mediated Conversation
> - What: A Workshop on Designing and Visualizing CMC
> - Where: CHI 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota
> - When:
>      * Submission: Position paper and profile by January 25, 2002
>      * Notification: Accept/Reject feedback by February 22, 2002
>      * Workshop: Monday, April 21, 2002
> - Organizers: Tom Erickson, Susan Herring, Warren Sack
> - Thomas Erickson, [log in to unmask]
>      IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
> - Susan Herring, [log in to unmask]
>      School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University
> - Warren Sack, [log in to unmask]
>      School of Information Management and Systems, UC Berkeley
> The goal of this workshop is to examine the issue of coherence in
> computer-mediated (text-based) conversation (CMC), and how it can be
> visualized graphically. Coherence, broadly defined, is that which in
> a discourse connects utterances with utterances, utterances with people,
> and people with other people. It is, in short, the "glue" of text and
> conversation. Coherence is manifested in and through patterns of
> message exchange (including turn-taking, threading, and
> cross-posting), citation and other forms of intertextual reference,
> and social networks. Visualizations of coherence phenomena take
> the form of graphical user interfaces and graphical representations
> produced by quantitative and/or qualitative analyses.
> In this workshop, we will approach the issue of coherence from two
> perspectives: design and analysis. As designers of CMC systems, we
> often sense that computer-mediated conversation has a tendency towards
> drift, dissolution and chaos, and that participants in CMC have to do
> extra work to 'stay on course.' Therefore, we solicit approaches to
> designing CMC systems that aim to support participants in achieving
> coherence in their conversational interactions. We especially
> encourage reports of novel CMC system designs that support coherence,
> as well as analyses that visualize ways in which participants have
> developed practices that support the achievement of coherence in
> conventional CMC systems.
> At the same time, as analysts, we recognize that computer-mediated
> conversations are often not as chaotic as they appear to the
> untrained eye. Coherence lurks below the surface, and we have
> developed a wide range of analytical techniques for uncovering and
> explicating it. Often these techniques involve diagrams or other
> graphical representations of structure (among utterances, persons,
> groups, or some combination of these). We solicit descriptions and
> demonstrations of analytical techniques for representing coherence
> in CMC.
> We use the phrase 'Discourse Architectures' as a rubric for both
> of these perspectives. That is, we are interested both in the
> structure or architecture *of* discourse (the ways in which the
> utterances which form a conversation interrelate and build upon one
> another), and in architectures *for* discourse (the ways in which CMC
> systems can be designed to shape the conversation that takes place
> within them).
> The basic premise underlying the workshop is that the understandings
> of coherence developed by designers and researchers can usefully
> inform one another. Analytical representations based on discourse
> research and/or theory might, suitably modified, serve as interface
> designs, and the interplay between graphical user interfaces and the
> achievement of coherence by users might advance research
> understandings.
> By January 25th, submit the following (preferably electronically):
> 1. Submit a position paper of no more than six pages. The paper should
> include
> (a) A discussion of your understanding of "coherence", as a theoretical
>        or analytical construct, or as a practical result of the use of
>        a CMC system.
> (b) A description of your approach to analyzing or designing to
>        support coherence, applied to a specific CMC system or data
>        set.
> (c) Examples of the graphical representations produced by your approach,
>        and some discussion of what they reveal about or how they
>        support coherence.
> 2. The position paper should include, as an appendix, a profile of
>        yourself consisting of:
> (a) a short biography (no more than 250 words)
> (b) the discipline(s) you are situated in
> (c) a brief description of your relevant analytical and/or
>        design work, with references (URLs preferred)
> (d) a pointer to someone else's design or analysis that
>         you think is interesting (URLs preferred)
> 3. Those from outside of the HCI community should note that you are
> NOT required to pay the conference registration fee if you only want
> to attend the workshop. First-time attendees are most welcome.
> - On the workshop: contact the organizers
> - On CHI 2002:
> - For a web-based version of this CFP:
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