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2nd International Symposium in Media Informatics - "Cow Paths: Agency in
Social Software" - November 16-17, 2006, B-IT, Bonn, Germany

Social software - often connected to older forms of computer mediated
communication (CMC) and newer discussion about online communities - can be
defined as software that supports activities in digital social networks. The
use of new digital media tools such as blogs, wikis, tagging and other
communicative or multimedia assets create new challenges for
interdisciplinary research in media informatics.

* What are the effects when media get agency in digital networks?
* How can we trace and understand collective processes on the internet?
* What is the role of visualisation?
* What is the role of social software on change processes in organisations?
* Are there new models of labour, new processes and new forms of
organisations possible?
* Will users be empowered or will lack of data protection and privacy set
free new genies?
* What is the impact of tools supporting social structures on the
emancipation and appropriation?
* Which are the impacts on design and media?
* Will they help facilitating new forms of democracy, digital rights, and
overcome the digital divide?
* Or will the hunt for digital reputation lead to cow paths where only cows
walk by? 

The second international symposium on perspectives in media informatics is
organized jointly by the two leading collaborative research centres for
media Media and cultural communication and Medienumbrüche, the Bonn-Aachen
International Center for Information Technology B-IT, and the Network of
Excellence on technology enhanced professional learning PROLEARN. It brings
together researchers and practitioners from media informatics, sociology,
ANT, law, media theory, social software, collaborative work and learning, to
discuss current trends and emergent issues of sociality in digital networks
in a mixture of invited talks and round table events. The event will be
accomplished by online activities and practical exercises in social

Symposium Chairs
Ralf Klamma (RWTH Aachen University, SFB/FK 427)
Volker Wulf (University of Siegen, Fraunhofer FIT, SFB/FK 615)

Organizing Committee
Erika Linz (B-IT Bonn)
Marc Spaniol (RWTH Aachen University, SFB/FK 427)
Michael Veith (University of Siegen, SFB/FK 615)

Technical Organizer
Reinhard Linde (RWTH Aachen University) 

Register online at:
before November 11, 2006 and get a 50€ discount!

For programme details please visit:

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - Invited Talks:

Pictures of Traces of Places, People, and Groups: Recent Work from the
Microsoft Research Community Technologies Group
Marc Smith (Microsoft Research, Redmond)

Software Development Teams: Tracing, Visualizing, and Understanding
Collective Processes on the Internet
Anabel Quan-Haase (The University of Western Ontario)

Rethinking Social Software
Erhard Schüttpelz (University of Siegen)

The Media in the Age of Citizen Journalists
Frank Kappe (TU Graz)

Public Talk in the Informatics Year - Science Year 2006
Interactive TV: From one way communication to software-based collaboration?
Thomas Becker (Marketing Director & Group Executive Digital Home, Buhl Data
Service GmbH)

Research and innovation policy in NRW
Dr. Michael Stückrath, Secretary of State, Ministry for Innovation, Science,
Research, and Technology NRW


Friday, November 17, 2006 - Workshops/Round Table:

Workshop 1: Applying Social Software for Knowledge Management
Claudia Müller - University of Potsdam / Mohamed Amine Chatti - RWTH Aachen
University, Germany

Workshop 2: User Generated Content & User Generated Metadata
Ines Puntschart (Know-Center, Graz, Austria) and Mathias Lux (University of
Klagenfurt, Austria)

Workshop 3: Impact of Social Software on Society: PROWalk Event
Barbara Kieslinger, Sebastian Fiedler, Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna,

Workshop 4: Media and Conflict Studies
Michael Schnegg, University of Cologne / Ralf Klamma, SFB/FK 427

Round Table: Research Issues in Media Informatics
Volker Wulf (University of Siegen and SFB/FK 615)
Ralf Klamma (RWTH Aachen University and SFB/FK 427)
Marc Smith (Microsoft Research, Redmond)
Thomas Becker (Marketing Director & Group Executive Digital Home, Buhl Data
Service GmbH)
Katja Henke (Deutsch Telekom Laboratories, Berlin)
Karl Gosejacob (Charles Bernd AG, Munich & Executive Director of the
Software Group in VDMA)

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