Web Based Communities conference

Dear colleagues,

we are inviting you or anyone from your research group to submit a paper to the 2009 edition that will be held in Algarve, Portugal, 21 — 23 June 2009. Deadline for submission has been extended to 7 May 2009. Please access http://www.webcommunities-conf.org/ for more details or check the call for papers below.

The Web Based Communities conference began in 2004 and had 5 editions until now, being all very successful. The 2009 edition of the conference will include several participants in a wide range of areas as well as two keynotes from well known personalities:

  • Dr. Bob Appelman, Indiana University, USA
  • Laurel Papworth, Social Network Strategist, Australia

There will also be a special talk from Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan.

Authors of the best published papers in the Web Based Communities 2009 proceedings will be invited to publish extended versions of their papers in selected Journals like the International Journal of Web Based Communities from Inderscience Publishers.

We kindly request you to disseminate the CFP below through colleagues, students and other interested participants.

Best regards,
Ana Sofia

Apologies for cross-postings. Please send to interested colleagues and students

CALL FOR PAPERS — Deadline for submissions (last extension): 7 May 2009 

Algarve, Portugal, 21 to 23 June 2009 
part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2009)
Algarve, Portugal, 17 to 23 June 2009 

  • Keynote Speakers (confirmed):
    Dr. Bob Appelman, Indiana University, USA
    Laurel Papworth, Social Network Strategist, Australia
  • Special Talk (confirmed):
    Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan
  • Conference background and goals
    The mission of this conference is to publish and integrate scientific results and act catalytically to the fast developing culture of web communities. The conference invites original papers, review papers, technical reports and case studies on WWW in particular the emerging role of so-called WWW-Based Communities.
  • Format of the Conference
    The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line).
  • Best Papers
    Selected authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to selected journals (i.e. IADIS International Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems — ISSN: 1646-3692) including journals from INDERSCIENCE Publishers.
  • Types of submissions
    Full and Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.
  • Topics related to Web Based Communities are of interest. These include, but are not limited to the following areas and topics:

The history, architecture and future of virtual communities

  1. From mobility to connectivity
  2. Identity and augmented ideologies
  3. Visionary web architectures, implanted computers
  4. Network revolutions, post-colonial and post-modern societies
  5. Escaping from reality, virtual reality and multi-user games
  6. Towards alternative ways of presence

Group processes and self-organization

  1. Tele-democracy, morality, netiquette
  2. Social networks, tribal- and open communities, peace education
  3. Computer mediated-, hyper- and narrative communication, woven stories
  4. MUDs, MOOs and avatars
  5. Hosting web-based communities
  6. Nationalities, ethnicities and gender effects

Cyborgs, teleworking, telemedicine, art games and learning communities

  1. Fading hierarchies and epistemic dictatorship
  2. Distributed cognition, the electronic cortex and constructivism
  3. Community directories
  4. Mechanic world, organic computer
  5. Agents and the vectorized self
  6. Beyond metaphors: imagining and representation
  7. Communizing as a marketing approach

Expanding markets through virtual communities

  1. The WWW as digital market place
  2. The enterprise as a learning community
  3. The learning as a road map for business
  4. Universities as online communities
  5. Business-to-business communication in profit- and non profit sectors

Virtual communities for people with special needs

  1. Access to public spaces
  2. Accessibility and long-term disabilities
  3. Virtual communities in health care
  • Important Dates:
  • Submission Deadline (last extension): 7 May 2009 
  • Notification to Authors (last extension): 21 May 2009 
  • Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (last extension): Until 29 May 2009 
  • Late Registration (last extension): After 29 May 2009 
  • Conference: Algarve, Portugal, 21 to 23 June 2009 
  • Conference Location
    The conference will be held in Algarve, Portugal.
  • Secretariat
    Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100,
    1050–209 Lisbon, Portugal
    E-mail: #
    Web site: http://www.webcommunities-conf.org/
  • Program Committee
    Web Based Communities 2009 Conference Program Chair:
    Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands

General MCCSIS Conference Co-Chairs:
Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal
Nian-Shing Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Committee Members: *

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