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ICFCA 2007 Workshop "Social Network Analysis and Conceptual Structures: Exploring Opportunities"

in conjunction with The 5th International Conference on Formal Concept Analysis (ICFCA 2007)
Clermont-Ferrand, France, February 12-16, 2007


The recent years have seen a renewed interest in an interdisciplinary effort aiming at analyzing social networks, in which both mathematical sociology and computer science play a key role, relying altogether extensively on graph theory. This effort has mainly been fueled and supported by significant advances in computing capabilities and electronic data availability for several social systems: scientists, webloggers, online customers, computer-based collaboration-enhancing devices, inter alia.

In particular, knowledge networks, i.e. interaction networks where agents produce or exchange knowledge, are the focus of many current studies, both qualitative and quantitative. Among these, community-detection issues such as finding agents sharing sets of identical patterns are a key topic. Social network analysis is proficient in methods aimed at discovering, describing, and plausibly organizing various kinds of social communities. 

At the same time, conceptual structures can yield a fruitful insight in this regard, be it in relation to affiliation networks (actors belonging to the same organizations, participating in identical events) or to epistemic communities (i.e. agents dealing with identical topics, such as scientific communities or weblogs). And, indeed, some applications of concept (or Galois) lattices in sociology have been proposed since the early 1990s; yet, in that context social aspects of community structures are usually of prime interest: leaders, peripheral members, cooperation within and between different groups. 

On the other hand, conceptual structures are typically focused around taxonomies -- possibly useful to describe actors in terms of centers of interest, for instance -- rather than focused on interactions. More broadly, notions pertaining to social network analysis seem presently to remain somehow outside the mainstream research of the concept lattice community.

The aim of this workshop is to investigate the opportunities for formal concept analysis in social networks by proposing possible bridges between these frameworks and by presenting issues of mathematical sociology which could benefit from conceptual structures, so as to eventually facilitate collaboration between the two fields. Therefore, we particularly welcome submissions of the survey type describing the state of the art in any of the fields listed below along with submissions specifying a concrete problem that still needs an efficient solution. Submissions may but do not have to address the possible use of formal concept analysis in these fields.


Social scientists using or willing to use formal techniques in any of the fields listed below; researchers in discrete structures and formal concept analysis interested in applications in social sciences.


  Knowledge networks / epistemic networks 
  Collective construction of knowledge, social cognition 
  Social epistemology applied to social networks 
  Social network analysis of communities of practice 
  Information diffusion in social networks 
  Affiliation networks 
  Social network-based methods for community detection 
  Web communities, open-source development communities 
  Web blog analysis 
  Social networking websites 
  Collaboration-enhancing tools (in organizations, on the web, inter alia) 
  Knowledge exchange devices 
  Semantic web and social networks 
  Knowledge management using social data 
  Building semantics from collaborative environments 
  Taxonomies and ontologies for scientific domains 
  Network analysis for folksonomies 
  Systems for folksonomy building 
  Evolution of network structures 


Papers no longer than 16 pages should be submitted no later than January 5, 2007 to [log in to unmask] in Adobe PDF or Postscript format. Papers should also be formatted according to the official formatting guidelines of the main conference (LNCS). Short papers are also welcome. 


Submission deadline: January 5, 2007
Notification of acceptance: January 22, 2007


Sergei Obiedkov (Higher School of Economics, Russia)  -  [log in to unmask] 
Camille Roth (University of Modena, Italy & CREA/CNRS, France)  -  [log in to unmask] 


  Alain Degenne (CNRS, France)
  Vincent Duquenne (University of Paris VI/CNRS, France) 
  Peter Eklund (University of Wollongong, Australia) 
  Linton C. Freeman (UC Irvine, USA)
  Andreas Hotho (University of Kassel, Germany) 
  Jeffrey H. Johnson (Open University, UK) 
  Sergei Kuznetsov (Higher School of Economics & VINITI, Russia) 
  Amedeo Napoli (LORIA/CNRS, France) 
  Jean Sallantin (LIRMM/CNRS, France) 
  Gerd Stumme (University of Kassel, Germany) 

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