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Please have a look on the following Call for Papers

Workshop at INFORMATIK 2006

Formation of Social Networks in Social Software Applications 

* Background and motivation

An increasingly important resource for companies especially in an economic
sense is knowledge. In this context, knowledge workers play a key role. The
greater the importance of people for a company's success, the greater the
importance of interaction based on social relations within the
company. Social networks describe these social relations. The instrument
Social Network Analysis (SNA) is used to visualise and evaluate social
relations in various contexts, for example information exchange and
business processes. Social relations are a fundamental part of Social
Software applications. These applications define and promote relations
between persons and groups. Applications of social software include social
sharing (e.g. Flickr), social collaboration (e.g. Wikipedia), social
bookmarking (e.g., social communication (e.g. Skype), and
social networking (e.g. OpenBC). With the application of Social Software
the role of people becomes more central in the company. 

* Topics

The workshop serve as a platform for communication, to exchange the latest
research results, and also to develop advanced visions for applying Social
Software in organisations. Furthermore, the workshop will work to sensitize
the scientific community about the relevance of Social Network
Analysis. Currently, SNA is generally an American-dominated research
topic. Submissions may cover the following topics:

- Technification of Social Networks through Social Software;
- Application of wikis in virtual companies or projects (knowledge
databases, communities of practice);
- Weblogs as an instrument for internal and external communication;
- Visualisation and analysis of social relationships in Social Software
applications, e.g. openBC;
- Social Software for collaborative knowledge management in organisations;
- Support of group formation processes through social software;
- Applications and concepts for visualisation of experts in organisations;
- Influences of applying Social Software on organisational culture (or vice
- Approaches to evaluate the effectiveness of Social Software applications.

Primary statistical evaluations are very welcome. In addition,
contributions that do not necessarily comply with the above mentioned
topics, but are related to Social Network Analysis and/or Social Software
will also be considered. 

* Description of target groups

The workshop will address both scientists and practitioners who deal with
the topic of Social Network Analysis and its possible application for group
interaction. Focus will be placed on theoretical concepts as well as
practical solutions, ideally accompanied by case studies.

* Important dates

Monday, 2006-06-21: Submission of workshop papers
Monday, 2006-07-13: Notification of acceptance
Monday, 2006-08-07: Final version (8 pages)

*Contact and organisation

Claudia Müller, cmueller[at]
Chair of Business Information Systems and Electronic Government
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Gronau
University of Potsdam
August-Bebel-Str. 89
14482 Potsdam
Phone ++49 331/ 977-3355
Fax ++49 331/ 977-3406

* Extent, structure, and selection of contributions

Submitted papers should not exceed the maximum length of eight (8) pages
and should be sent to cmueller[at] in the
PDF-format. Papers will be evaluated anonymously by two independent
evaluators from the program committee. Accepted papers are published in the
proceedings of the GI conference. The paper layout should conform to the
guidelines provided by "Lecture Notes in Informatics (LNI)"
( Note: please adhere to
the GI formatting style. It is expected that at least one author of each
accepted paper officially registers for the conference. Submissions will be
accepted in English and German. The workshop language is English.

* Program comittee

Andrea Back, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)
Frank Kappe, Technical University of Graz (Austria)
Norbert Gronau, University of Potsdam (Germany)
Ralf Klamma, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
Franz Lehner, University of Passau (Germany)
Volkmar Pipek, University of Siegen (Germany)
Dieter Pfister, PFISTER Marketing & Communication (Switzerland)
Detlef Schoder, University of Cologne (Germany)
Steffen Staab, University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany)
Gerd Stumme, University of Kassel (Germany)
Matthias Trier, Technical University of Berlin (Germany)
Dorothea Wagner, University of Karlsruhe (Germany)

Ralf Klamma

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