Calls for Papers: European Conferences

Looking for an interesting conference to attend in Europe? Here’s two recent calls for papers on OCIS-related topics.

  • Workshop on Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2007) in conjunction with 10th International Conference on Business Information Systems BIS 2007 in co-operation with ACM SIGMIS. Poznan, Poland, April 25 – 27, 2007.
  • CFP SociUM Workshop: International Workshop on Adaptation and Personalisation in Social Systems: Groups, Teams, Communities – in conjunction with UM’2007. Corfu, Greece. June 26, 2007.

Full details below the fold.

Workshop on Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2007) in conjunction with 10th International Conference on Business Information Systems BIS 2007 in co-operation with ACM SIGMIS. Poznan, Poland, April 25 – 27, 2007.

Deadline for submissions: February 18, 2007

The emergence of community-based Web sites and the visible shift from the concept of “a Web of documents” towards “a Web of people” creates a strong need for inter-disciplinary empirical and theoretical research focused on Web-based communities.  On one hand, this requires expertise in the IT domain, including some knowledge of systems architectures and information extraction technologies.  On the other hand, a multi-aspect analysis of human behaviour on the Web is possible thanks to existing frameworks within social sciences.

The goal of this workshop is to bring researchers and practitioners together to explore the issues and challenges related to social aspects of the Web. We want to facilitate discussion on the topics of development and detection of Web-based communities, social interactions within and between them as well as technology for mining of social Web sources.

*       social networks analysis in weblogs, forums and comment pages
*       static and dynamic analysis of folksonomies
*       advances in social networking services
*       social bookmarking services paradigms and empirical analysis
*       social roles and leadership in Web-based communities
*       static and dynamic public opinion / mood analysis based on Web sources
*       products / places rating based on user opinions from Web sources
*       trust and distrust propagation in on-line communities
*       on-line social identity / identities and social capital
*       geographical-context-aware Web-based social applications
*       social mash-ups for existing non-social web sites / applications
*       topical and functional analysis of Web-based discourse
*       social norms, social control and deviant behaviour in Web-based communities
*       conflicts resolution in Web-based communities
*       social, evolving Web sources use in information retrieval tasks
*       dynamics and patterns of information propagation in social Web applications
*       viral marketing in Web-based communities
*       detecting user behaviour patterns and trends from large scale communities
*       mining of interaction / discourse patterns in Web-based communities
*       Web-based communities cohesion and stability

*       Long papers:  max. 5000 words
*       Work-in-progress rep.: max. 2500 words
*       Position papers: max. 2500 words

Electronic submission system available at:

February 18, 2007       submission deadline for papers
March 20, 2007          notification about acceptance/rejection
April 4, 2007               submission of final papers
April 25-27, 2007       the conference

Poznan University of Economics
Department of Information Systems,

*       ACM Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems
*       GI – Gesellschaft für Informatik, Austria, Germany, Switzerland
*       NTIE – Polish Society for Information Systems

Workshop organizers:
*       Dominik Flejter
*       Marek Kowalkiewicz

Workshop Program Committee:
*       John Breslin, DERI, NUI Galway, Ireland
*       Dominik Flejter, Poznań University of Economics, Poland
*       Marek Kowalkiewicz, SAP Research Brisbane, Australia
*       Marcin Paprzycki, Warsaw School of Social Psychology, Poland
*       Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
*       Marcin Sydow, Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Poland

SociUM Workshop: International Workshop on Adaptation and Personalisation in Social Systems: Groups, Teams, Communities – in conjunction with UM’2007.

Some of the most vigorous computing applications currently are social software environments. Collaborative work and learning technologies support social interaction, knowledge sharing, and collaboration in multi-user environments ranging from working in small groups or closely-knit teams to participating in online communities and forums.
Social software is rapidly becoming an important part of mass culture by engaging users in creating, sharing, tagging, downloading, remixing, and rating content as well as in virtual worlds populated with other users. Social environments unified by the Web 2.0 idea are highly dynamic; span across a broad range of users, and produce rapidly changing collections of resources. The difficulties that arise for individuals in such volatile environments are manifold: cognitive overload, unawareness of current trends in the community, or inability to find one.s place and role in the group,  ultimately reducing the effectiveness of the community to create, share, evaluate and evolve knowledge.

Therefore, in such environments, personalisation and adaptation are paramount to facilitating effective knowledge construction and information sharing and creating a trusting and motivating atmosphere for members of groups, teams and communities to share and work together seamlessly. Nevertheless, issues regarding how personalization and adaptation can
augment social software environments are still open.

Web 2.0 and related aspects will certainly play a major role for UM research in the near future, and we believe it is about the time for this workshop. It follows a trail of successful workshops in the general area: the User and Group Models for Web-based Adaptive Collaborative Environments Workshop at UM2003, the UMUAI Special Issue on user modeling to support groups, communities and collaboration and the AH.2006 Workshop on Social Navigation and Community-Based Adaptation Technologies. It will bring together researchers and practitioners working in the areas of social computing, online communities, user and group modelling, personalisation and adaptation and usability to discuss opportunities and challenges for personalisation and adaptation in social computing.

Workshop Topics
The Socium Workshop will be open to all aspects relevant to adaptation and personalization in social systems. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
* Adaptation goals in social systems
* Adaptation models in social systems
* User identities in social systems: evolution, stigmergy impact
* User and participation awareness
* Modelling teams, groups and communities in social systems
* Theoretical foundations of virtual teams, groups and communities
* Modelling the evolution of individual participation and social relationships
* Team, group and community awareness
* Modelling reputation and trust
* Personalization based on team, group and community models
* Evaluation of personalization and adaptation in social systems

Full papers – 10 pages
Short papers – 5 pages

Papers should be formated according to Springer-Verlag LNCS format described in the “For Authors” instructions webpage (

The papers will undergo a peer-review by the members of the program committee. Workshop proceedings will be published by the User Modelling Conference. Electronic preproceedings will be available at the workshop website.

Important dates
Paper submission:    February 7, 2007
Paper notification:  March 12, 2007
Camera-ready papers: May 1, 2007

Early registration:  March 19, 2007
Workshop date:       June 25, 2007

Workshop Program Committee
Pragya Agarwal, University College London, UK
Anupriya Ankolekar, Institut AIFB, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mathias Bauer, mineway GmbH, Germany
Mark Bernstein, Eastgate Systems, USA
Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Tom Erickson, IBM Research, USA
Christina Evangelou, University of Patras, Greece
Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Elena Gaudioso, UNED, Madrid,Spain
Jim Greer, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Max Harper, University of Minnesota, USA
Tom Heath, Open University, UK
Nicola Henze, University of Hannover, Germany
Anthony Jameson, University of Saarbrucken, Germany
Nikos Karacapilidis, University of Patras, Greece
Ralf Klamma, RTWH Aachen University, Germany
Cameron Marlow, Yahoo! Research
Judith Masthoff, University of Aberdeen, UK
Amy Soller, Institute for Defense Analyses, USA
Christoph Schmitz, University of Kassel, Germany

Workshop Organizers
Julita Vassileva (
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Manolis Tzagarakis (
Computer Technology Institute, Greece

Vania Dimitrova (
University of Leeds, UK


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