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I think this workshop, held in conjunction with the ECSCW 2003 Conference,
might be of interest. I apologize for any duplicates.

Moving From Analysis to Design: Social Networks in the CSCW Context
At ECSCW 2003, 14 - 18 September 2003, Helsinki, Finland

The CSCW (Computer Supported Collaborative Work) community has a tradition
of adopting social and analytical theories to understand groups and group
processes as well as when designing new systems to support and augment
cooperative work. Social networks have a long tradition in sociology and
cultural anthropology, but as yet, they have not broken into the CSCW
mainstream. The key notion from network analysis, that the interconnections
between people can be used to understand and improve their interactions, is
one that has direct implications for CSCW research. Network models have
clear implications for research into communication systems, teamwork, and
knowledge management.

This full-day workshop seeks participation from social scientists and system
designers to address the ways in which social networks can be adapted for
use in analyzing cooperation and as a framework for considering new system
designs. The workshop will consider four specific topics:

Collection-  How are social networks being collected (automatically,
manually, quantitatively, qualitatively)? What do these networks actually
represent? How are the networks validated?

Tools- What is the state-of-the-art for analyzing, visualizing and
representing social networks? In what context are these tools useful and how
can the tools be adapted to specific CSCW situations?

Application- Systems are embedding social networks into the fabric of system
design. How are system designers adopting social networks? How are social
networks supported by the system, software, or architecture?

Evaluation- How does the use of a social network change, facilitate, or
hinder users and their collaborations?

JOINING THE WORKSHOP
Individuals interested in participating in the workshop should submit a
4-page position paper describing work in one or more of the workshop topic
areas above. Position papers will be reviewed by the organizers and authors
will be notified by July 11th of acceptance to the workshop. One goal of the
workshop is to nurture interdisciplinary applications of social networks
that specifically consider CSCW perspective. Attention will be paid to
representing a diverse spectrum of positions. The workshop will be limited
to 15 participants.

More information can be found at the workshop web site:
http://www.ischool.washington.edu/mcdonald/ecscw03/

David W. McDonald, Assistant Professor, University of Washington, The
Information School.  [log in to unmask]
Danyel Fisher, University of California, Irvine, School of Information and
Computer Science. [log in to unmask]

Position Paper Deadline: June 25, 2003
Notification of Workshop Acceptance: July 11, 2003

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