måndag, mars 31, 2008

Digital Social Networks

Digital Social Networks

One Day Workshop at the annual meeting of the
German Society for Computer Science (GI), September 8th – 13th, 2008, Munich

Date of the Workshop: September 12th, 2008
Deadline for Paper Submissions: April 28th, 2008.
Coordinator: Clemens Cap (University of Rostock)

Social relations and the resulting social networks are an important basis for social and technological development. With the technologies and concepts of Web 2.0, new digital forms of support become available for a participatory development of social networks. Social Software as new form of cooperation systems enables new modes of collaboration inside and outside of an enterprise. The economic success of portals such as XING / OpenBC, LinkedIn, Friendster, Orkut, StudiVZ or Facebook illustrates the demand for such solutions as well as the difficulty of a proper economic evaluation. From the point of view of the user, questions of privacy, data protection and identity theft are getting more important. Users of several systems want interoperability and data exchange. Besides purely technological questions also topics of media presence in open and semi open forums and sociological phenomena are becoming relevant. With ubiquitous access to human communication acts on these platforms new possibilities for analyzing social networks become possible – up to the prognosis of social trends.

Specific Issues:

The workshop on digital social networks will analyze these issues from theoretical and practical points of view. Contributions are solicited on these topics:

• Methods for analyzing digital social networks and social interaction
• Social networking services and social software
• Trust, reputation, authentic contents and social control in digital networks
• Applications, services and APIs on social portals
• Search engines for people, trend analysis and prognosis on social portals
• Special graph properties in social networks
• Technical modeling of social structures
• Business cases and economic evaluation of digital social networks
• Legal and social aspects of online communities
• Social networks and games
• Technical questions in digital social networks
• Security, privacy, identity protection and media usage in social portals
• Interoperability, data exchange and data synchronization in social portals
• Personalization and adaptation to user preference
• Case studies, if they exhibit unique features


The contributions shall be up to 6 pages in length and present in German or English language original, unpublished research results. The papers will be published in a proceedings volume of all workshops at the annual meeting of the GI. Reports on practical experiences are welcome if they exhibit new or special features, also interdisciplinary contributions are solicited. The goal is a good mixture of theoretical and practical research, each of which will be presented in a half‐day session. All contributions are refereed anonymously by at least three members of the program committee. The criteria for acceptance are especially originality, novelty, innovation, selection and presentation of the ideas. The program committee also intends to select 1 or 2 keynotes by renowned specialists. In the evening of the workshop and informal get together is planned, to give the participants after the talks and the digital networking the chance for some real contacts, accompanied by a glass of Munich Weißbier.

Target Group:

The Workshop addresses researcher and practitioners in the young field of digital social networks. In addition to pure computer scientists, also computer scientists with an interest in interdisciplinary research are invited. Especially the areas of sociology, media sciences and organizational psychology promise interesting and stimulating discussions.

Program Committee

Chair: Clemens Cap (University of Rostock)
Dennis Bemmann (CTO StudiVZ)
Andreas Blumauer (Semantic Web School Vienna; Triple‐I)
Oliver Bohl (Accenture, Munich and University of Kassel)
Thomas Burg (Playyoo)
Nicola Döring (TU Ilmenau)
Kai Fischbach (University of Cologne)
Tony Fricko (IBM)
Peter Gloor (MIT Sloan School)
Georg Groh (Technical University of Munich)
Norbert Gronau (Potsdam)
Bettina Hainschink (Future Network)
Ralf Klamma (RWTH Aachen University)
Michael Koch (University of the Armed Forces, Munich)
Friedrich Krotz (University of Erfurt)
Stefan Mintert (Linkwerk.com, Hamburg)
Thomas Mandl (University of Hildesheim)
Ritchie Pettauer (CEO p*n*c social media agency)
Helmut Schauer (University of Zurich)
Markus Vinzent (University of Birmingham and Director, academici.com)
Martin Warnke (University of Lüneburg)

Contact Program: Clemens Cap clemens.cap@uni‐rostock.de
Organization: Martin Garbe martin.garbe@uni‐rostock.de
Web Page: http://www.digitale‐soziale‐netze.de
Deadlines Paper Submission April 28th, 2008
Notice to Authors June 2nd, 2008
Final Version July 1st, 2008

Submission on http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=informatik2008ws
Authors are requested to respect the author guidelines of the German Computer Society:

torsdag, mars 20, 2008

RIPE@2008: PSB Conference

RIPE@2008 Conference
October 8 – 11, 2008 in Germany


Public Service Media for Communication and Partnership

We are pleased to announce the fourth bi-annual RIPE conference, this
time hosted by ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen), Germany's national
public service television broadcasting company, and two universities:
The Medienintelligenz programme together with IAK
Medienwissenschaften at the Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz
and with the Institute of Media Design at the Mainz University of
Applied Sciences. Our theme will focus on what is involved and at
stake in the transition from public service broadcasting to public
service media. What is required to secure relations with the public
as a partner? What are the strategic implications of managing a
portfolio of platforms? What are the significant long-term trends
affecting media in general and public service media in particular?
What is involved in the transformation from emphasizing content
transmission to emphasizing human communication?

Conference organisers request abstracts in six topical categories.
Comparative research will be prioritized for selection. The
organizers are especially keen for research that suggests
generalizable insights and has implications for media management.

1. Participation Dynamics
• How can people be engaged with public service media at two levels:
by managers for decision making and by makers for content
development? Indeed, what happens to the notion of 'the maker'?
• How do structures at various levels invite people to participate
or discourage their participation? For example, in the structures of
story telling and the structures of decision-making?
• Why does PSM have such problems in serving young people? How
concerned should PSM be about this?
• In what ways are PSM companies successful in facilitating public
participation in processes and practices related to democracy,
culture, learning, etc?

2. Patterns of Media Use
• How do people use media today? What are the predictors? What are
the characteristic patterns? Do use patterns vary significantly
across cultures or nations?
• What has not changed in patterns of media use over the past twenty
• What are the most important effects of media use? For example, the
impact on health, social perceptions, cultural relations, etc? What
are the most important consequences of participation in online media,
especially unanticipated effects?

3. Identifying the Drivers and Meta-Trends
• Beyond the rise and fall of new media fads, what really matters?
What are the consistent factors and underlying dynamics?
• What meta-trends are especially important for understanding the
changes underway in society that have real implications for media?
What are the drivers? What should PSM be focused on for strategic and
theoretical development?
• What ought to have the strongest impact in the development of PSM

4. Changing Aesthetics and Expectations
• How do the aesthetics of non-linear media affect the aesthetics in
all media?
• What is the experience of media today as described by ordinary
people? What do they like and want more of, and what do they find
irritating and want to change?
• What are the normative implications of interactivity and are they
valid in social practice? What is interactivity and to whom does this
actually matter?
• What is the role of social networking and collective intelligence
in relation to the needs of media audiences in general?
• What do people want from PSM? What are typical expectations, and

5. Branding PSM
• What is the 'public service brand' and how can PSM keep that
in the public eye?
• What makes people want to stick with the public service brand?
• What are PSM's unique selling propositions?
• How does the PSM brand matter outside the traditional channel
structures and institutional context?
• What are recommended improvements in content management strategy
for handling the multiplicity of platforms, genres and types of content?
• How does this differ among marginal and new audiences for PSM, for
example youth, immigrants and minority language communities?

6. Refining the PSM Ethos
• What are the core ingredients of the public service ethos? What
are the criteria for legitimacy in public service media and how is
this different compared with its PSB heritage?
• What is social responsibility today? What is the role of the
public domain in an online environment? What does enlightenment mean
today? What is cohesion and pluralism? Where and how should
universalism work?
• Is the PSB ethos out of date, as some contend? If so, what is out
of date and why? What does the public no longer want?
• In what ways and to what extent is the PSM ethos suffering with
marketization and competition? What is in danger of being lost and
how could that be preserved?
• How do definitions and perceptions of 'public service' vary?
Are there common denominators? What are the strategic implications?
What are the policy implications?
• How is journalism being redefined, and why? What must be preserved
from the PSB heritage? How should PSM journalism be further developed?


⎫ Provide the working title of the paper
⎫ Include your name, organisational affiliation with location, and
your e-mail address
⎫ Specify the categories that would suit your contribution best
(from the above 6)
⎫ The maximum abstract length is 400 words
⎫ Format the document in Rich Font Text (.rtf format – not .doc
⎫ Abstract submissions are due on or before March 31, 2008

Please send your abstract proposal as an e-mail attachment to both of
the following:

Susanne.Marschall@medienintelligenz.de Susanne Marschall
glowe@netsonic.fi Gregory F. Lowe

About 60 papers will be accepted for presentation at the conference.
All abstract submissions for the conference will be peer reviewed as
the basis for acceptance. The conference language is English.
Notification of proposal acceptance will be sent on or before April
14, 2008.

The conference registration fee will be €275 for authors. The fee
includes two nights of hotel accommodations in Mainz, as well as
meals, amenities and all conference materials. If the paper is co-
authored, then the two nights of hotel accommodation are paid for one
author. For those attending the conference but not presenting a
paper, the registration fee is €350 plus all accommodation costs.
Space is limited. The RIPE conference does not have funds to
supplement personal travel costs except for invited keynote
speakers. A conference web site that will launch as the registration
period begins in spring 2008.

Associate professor
Per Jauert
Department of Information and Media Studies
University of Aarhus, Denmark
Helsingforsgade 14
DK-8200 Aarhus N.
Office Phone: +45 8942 9224
Office Fax: +45 8942 5950
e-mail: pjauert@imv.au.dk

tisdag, mars 11, 2008

ICHSL.6 – Workshop CFP


ICHSL.6 – Workshop
The design of Computer Supported Learning Environments:
supporting standards and users
Toulouse, Manufacture des Tabacs, University of Toulouse 1
May 14th 2008
organized by LAAS-CNRS


Chairs: Philippe Vidal, Julien Broisin (IRIT, Toulouse) and
André Tricot (CLLE-LTC, Toulouse)
Many papers about standards and users centered design have been
published recently in the field of Computer Supported Learning
Environments. Even if they investigate different concerns, these two
areas of research on learning have strong interactions. This
workshop will focus on how these two dimensions are supported in
real situations, and what benefits they provide.

Workshop #1 (9h30 – 12h30 am): Standards

Currently hundreds of academic or commercial pedagogical
environments integrate ubiquitous e-learning standards. This
workshop will consider their usage and deployment within public and
private institutions in order to point out advantages and
difficulties they imply for users: administrators, teachers,
designers, and learners. Reports on experimentations and tools
supporting standards will bring indicators to enhance their
practices (from integration to exploitation) and to bridge the gap
between expected benefits and observed results.

Workshop #2 (2h00 – 5h00 pm): Users

The aim of this workshop is to consider the different dimensions
of users' integration in the design process of Computer Supported
Learning Environments: the users' knowledge (expertise, skills,
metacognition, etc.), their profiles (age, occupation, etc.) and
their tasks (collaboration, problem solving, information seeking,
etc.). In this workshop, we will try to answer different questions:
What are the relevant dimensions? What methods can be used to
extract data from users' behaviors? How these data can be integrated
in the design process (Can they be implemented as constraints? As
resources? What are the relations between them?).
Important dates
Reception of the abstracts (1 page): March 22 th

Reception of articles (6 pages) :March 30 th
Notification of acceptance May 1st
Workshop May 14th
Proposals must be uploaded to the following URL and also sent by
Email to the ichsl6_WS@cict.fr


Program committee
Franck Amadieu
Hadj Batatia
Amel Bouzeghoub
Julien Broisin
Erik Duval
Nathalie Huet
Claire Lecocq
Claudette Mariné
Pierre Tchounikine
André Tricot
Philippe Vidal
Erica de Vries
Best Regards
Saïd Tazi

måndag, mars 10, 2008

ICL2008: First Call for Papers

ICL2008 First Call for Papers
11th International Conference on Interactive Computer aided Learning

The ICL conference is the largest international and European eLearning event in Austria and attracts learning professionals and stakeholders from all over Europe and worldwide - over 60 countries were represented in 2007.

The following distinguished experts will give keynotes during the ICL2008 conference:
  • Kanji Akahori, President of the Japan Society of Educational Technology (JSET)
  • Erhard Busek, former Austrian Vice-Chancellor, President of the European Forum Alpbach, Chairman of the "Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe"
  • Muriel Dunbar, Director European Training Foundation
  • Judson Harward, MIT Center for Educational Computing Initiatives
  • Torsten Fransson, KTH Stockholm, Vice-Dean School of Energy and Environmental Technology
  • Nikitas Kastis, President of the European innovation and research network MENON, Greece
  • P.Tapio Varis, University of Tampere, Chair  Media Culture and Communication Education Hypermedia Laboratory
Submission deadline:
  • 16 May 2008 (full papers, short papers, demonstrations, poster, special sessions, tutorials, workshops)
Conference venue is the Congress Center Villach with the **** Holiday Inn Hotel.
(Special rates for ICL2008 participants!)

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Scope of the conference

This interdisciplinary conference aims to focus on the exchange of  relevant trends and research  results as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing and testing elements of  interactive computer aided learning. Therefore pilot projects, applications and products will also be welcome. 

The conference will be organized by the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Villach/Austria in cooperation with: Topics of interest

ICL2007 will have a focus on Educational MashUps, Collaborative Learning Environments and ePortfolios.
  • Web based learning (WBL)
  • Life long learning
  • Intelligent content
  • Adaptive and intuitive environments
  • Responsive environments
  • Mobile learning environments and applications
  • Computer aided language learning (CALL)
  • Platforms and authoring tools
  • Educational MashUps
  • Networks/Grids for learning
  • Knowledge management and learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Applications of the Semantic Web
  • E-Portfolios
  • Standards and style-guides
  • Remote and virtual laboratories
  • Multimedia applications and virtual reality
  • Pedagogical and psychological issues
  • Evaluation and outcomes assessment
  • New learning models and applications
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Real world experiences
  • Pilot projects / Products / Applications
Special tracks
School & IT
Educational MashUps
Types of sessions
  • Paper sessions (20 minutes presentation followed by a panel discussion)
  • Short paper sessions: (15 minutes presentation)
  • Interactive demonstrations (15 minutes, also online demonstrations)
  • Poster Sessions
Other opportunities to participate: 
  • Run a workshop or tutorial (This are half or full day events and do not require written or published papers. Proposals should clearly indicate the topic, background knowledge  expected of the participants, objectives, and the qualifications of the instructor.)
  • Organize a  thematic session. (Proposals should include a minimum of three papers, a session title, a list of the topics covered and the qualifications of the session organizer. The name of the session organizer will appear in the program and proceedings.)
  • Exhibit at ICL (products and developments of telelearning technology)
Conference language


The proceedings will be published on CD in cooperation with the Kassel University Press (own ISBN number).  Format instructions are available on the conferences Web site.

Conference chair

M. Auer (Carinthia Tech Institute) 

Submission of papers

The abstracts should be submitted using the Electronic Submission System. If unable to submit the abstract electronically, please contact the Chair.

Important dates

May 16, 2008            Submission of  extended abstracts
June 20, 2008           Notification of acceptance
Sept. 10, 2008           Camera-ready due
Sept. 24-26, 2008       Conference ICL2008
For more information contact

phone:  +43-4242-90500-2115

General information

The conference venue is the Conference Center Villach (CCV). Villach  is located in the southern part of Austria near Italy and Slovenia and can easily be reached by aircraft (Klagenfurt, Ljubljana, Salzburg), by train (EC) and highway (Autobahn).
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Prof. Dr.-Ing., Dr.sc. Michael E. Auer
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
School of Systems Engineering
Europastrasse 4, A-9524 Villach, Austria
mailto:M.Auer@IEEE.org / http://WWW.cti.ac.at/auer
phone +43(5)90500-2115 
voice messages / fax: +49(12120)294752

Have a look at:
ICL conference            www.icl-conference.org
ICBL conference  www.icbl-conference.org
IMCL conference  www.imcl-conference.org
REV conference   www.rev-conference.org
iJOE journal              www.i-joe.org
iJET journal              www.i-jet.org
iJIM journal              www.i-jim.org

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