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I'm forwarding this announcement to the list because I think that this
workshop represents an interesting direction to looking at the
applications of social networks. I apologize for any cross-posts. I'd
like to invite you to consider submitting to the workshop, and attending
CSCW 2004 in Chicago.

CSCW is a research field studying Computer Supported Collaborative Work;
while it draws largely from computer science, it has many active members
with backgrounds in design, sociology, anthropology, and psychology.


Social Networks for Design and Analysis:
Using Network Information in CSCW

A CSCW 2004 workshop.

   Workshop Date: Saturday November 6, 2004 – Chicago, IL
   Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 22
   Notification of Acceptance: Friday, October 1

[ Note that CSCW early registration ends on October 13. ]

Workshop web page:


*   Shelly Farhnam, Microsoft Research
*   Danyel Fisher, Microsoft Research
*   David W. McDonald, The Information School, University of Washington

The CSCW 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 are only beginning to break 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.

Social networks are being used in several different ways:

*  "Social Network Analysis" – Which is the more traditional, formal,
techniques of mathematical sociology and anthropology are used to
analyze a population.

*   "Social networks" – The general connections that people have with
each other. Examples include explicitly articulated social networks in
Friendster, Orkut, or LinkedIn, which use the language and concepts of
social networks.

*   Social network techniques in CSCW design – These techniques can vary
from contact management, to recommendation techniques, to ways of
understanding how an organization is adopting and using a new technology.

While we are particularly interested in this third stream of research,
we are generally interested in understanding the broad range of social
network research within CSCW. We are interested in exploring tools that
both use social networks as a source of information, and that support
end-user interactions with social networks.

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

* MEASUREMENT - How are social networks being collected and measured
(automatically, manually, quantitatively, qualitatively)? What do these
networks actually represent? How are the networks validated? Are the
measurements implicit or explicit?

* 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?

* APPLICATIONS - Systems are embedding social networks into the fabric
of system design. How can system designers distill the complexities of
networks into user-oriented displays? 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?


Individuals interested in participating in the workshop should submit a
position paper describing work in one or more of the topic areas above
and a completed workshop survey. The workshop organizers will review
position papers. Authors will be notified of acceptance to the workshop
on October 1st. One goal of the workshop is to nurture interdisciplinary
applications of social networks that specifically consider a CSCW
perspective. Attention will be paid to representing a diverse spectrum
of positions. The workshop will be limited to 15 participants.
All workshop attendees should register for the CSCW conference.

Proposals should consist of

* A four-page position paper describing work in one or more of the
workshop areas above.
* A completed workshop survey, which is intended to get some ideas of
the broad range of skills in the community.

The survey can be found on the workshop web page,

Please submit your workshop proposal to David McDonald,
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