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Call for Papers


Communities and Technologies (C&T 2003)

International Conference, Amsterdam, 19 - 21 September 2003

More and more, the relationship between communities and technology is a topic of major research interest. ‘C&T’ conference serves as a forum for stimulating and disseminating research into all facets of communities and 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. 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 and social networks analysis

-         communities of interest versus communities of practice

-         virtual communities versus location based communities

-         regional networks and B2B 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

Paper submission

Full research papers of not more than 20 pages should be send to the program chair: Volker Wulf, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Germany: [log in to unmask]


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]


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

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 City of Amsterdam

More information

Conference website: Please check this site regular for latest updates.

Conference Chair

Marleen Huysman, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam The Netherlands

Etienne Wenger, Cp Square, San Jose, USA

Volker Wulf, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Germany

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

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

Pamela Hinds, Stanford University, USA

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 Bonn, Bonn, 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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