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This panel was a runaway success last year, resulting in a full day of papers. We hope to maintain that momentum and make this another great year! Please consider submitting papers. Due date is June 15, 2010 (please note, this is a hard deadline set by HICSS, not the minitrack organizers).

/Caroline Haythornthwaite & Karine Barzilai-Nahon

Call For Papers: Social Networking and Communities, HICSS 44
Track: Internet and Digital Economy
Minitrack: Social Networking and Community
January 4-7, 2011

Papers due JUNE 15, 2010 (note this is a *hard* deadline)
All submissions are made through the HICSS site. 


Caroline Haythornthwaite [Primary Contact], University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  - [log in to unmask]

Karine Barzilai-Nahon, University of Washington - [log in to unmask] 

Papers presented in previous years may be found at:


This minitrack focuses primarily on social networks and their interrelations with communities, both online and offline, in the context work, learning, social and/or personal life. We would like to attract papers that address issues of online communities of practice, inquiry and interest created in the interest of political, educational, business, social and/or gaming pursuits, and with attention to how online community building and management contribute to success in the digital economy and society. At present, there is tremendous research interest in these topics, driven by the fact that these sociological phenomena are changing the way people work, play and socialize, and how they spend their time and money. Accordingly, billions of dollars are being spent by businesses and consumers on these technologies, and the rate of adoption has been phenomenal, while empirical and theoretical work on social and technical design, and economic and social outcomes lag behind. 
	We call for empirical and theoretical papers that add to our understanding of the social, political, and economic landscape of communities and social networks at work, school, home, play and in society. Examples of the possible interdisciplinary topics of interest in these contexts include, but are not limited to the following:
•	Social, political and/or economic impact of social media
•	Communities as sociological phenomenon in the digital economy 
•	Community development and community informatics
•	Design, development, and user studies of social media
•	Online communities of practice, inquiry or interest
•	Business models of Second Life
•	E-learning: structures, implementations, and practices
•	Serious leisure communities online
•	Organizational behavior of communities
•	Social network studies and analyses of online communities
•	Mobile applications, services and use for and by online communities
•	Case studies and topologies of online communities 
•	Case studies and analyses of the rise and fall of social network sites and online communities
•	Theoretical models of virtual worlds
•	Advertising in online communities and social networks
•	Models for managing behavior in online communities
•	Behavior in online gaming communities
•	Models and cases of synergies and/or conflicts between real and virtual worlds
•	Diffusion and adoption of social networking applications and practices
•	Development of social networking applications and practices
•	Critical perspectives on social media and local and/or virtual community
•	Disruptive strategies of virtual worlds
•	Anti-social behavior in online social networks and communities
•	Legal and ethical issues in social networking and virtual worlds
•	Privacy and security issues 

Minitrack Co-chairs

Caroline Haythornthwaite (primary contact)
Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL, 61820
Tel: (217) 244-7453
Email: [log in to unmask]

Karine Barzilai-Nahon
Assistant Professor and Director, The Center for Information & Society
The Information School
University of Washington
Mary Gates Hall, Room 370B, Box 352840
Seattle, WA 98195-2840
Tel: (206) 685-6668
Email: [log in to unmask]


ABSTRACTS (optional)
Authors may contact Minitrack Chairs for guidance and indication of appropriate content at anytime.


JUNE 15, 2010 (note this is a *hard* deadline)
Authors submit Full Papers to the Peer Review System, following the Author Instructions found on the HICSS web site ( All papers must be submitted in double column publication format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references that conform to HICSS standards. Papers undergo blind review. 

HICSS papers must contain original material, and not be previously published, nor currently submitted elsewhere. 

You may submit a paper to only one Minitrack. Duplicate submissions may be rejected by any or all minitracks, without consultation with author.

An individual may be listed as author/co-author on no more than 6 submitted papers. Track Chairs must approve any names added after submission.

AUG 15, 2010 
Acceptance notices are emailed to authors by the Review System. (Make sure your server accepts the address.) At least one author of each accepted paper must immediately make plans to attend the conference, including initiating fiscal, visa, or other travel guarantees.

SEPT 15, 2010
Accepted authors submit Final Paper. At least one author of each paper should register by this date. This is the Early Registration fee deadline.

OCT 15, 2010 
Papers without at least one registered author will be deleted from the Proceedings; authors will be so notified by the Conference Office.

Caroline Haythornthwaite

Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Institute of Education, University of London (2009-10)

Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 501 East Daniel St., Champaign IL 61820 ([log in to unmask])

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