[Air-l] CFP: Online Communities in the Digital Economy (March 31-Abstract)

Blair Nonnecke nonnecke at uoguelph.ca
Mon Mar 15 14:27:24 PST 2004

Just a couple of weeks before the optional abstracts are due.

* * * Please forward as appropriate * * *

Third Annual Online Communities in the Digital Economy
     at the Hawai'i International Conference on Systems Science
     on the Big Island of Hawaii, January 3-6, 2005

*** AT A GLANCE ***

---Topic Area---
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

     Communities as sociological phenomenon in the digital economy
     Community-related business models, best practices and lessons learned
     Business Communities
     Personalization and use of customer profiles
     Case studies and topologies of Online Communities
     Research methodologies
     Novel communities, M-Communities and hybrid communities
     Design principles for community platforms: Coordination, trust,
     normative values, design patterns and methods, implementations,
     architectures and components, personalization and avatars
     Formal or semi-formal models of communities and their platforms:
     Theories, Conceptual frameworks, Organizational models, Cognitive models,
     Multi-agent systems, Formalizations, as, e.g., logical models

For other examples of appropriate topics see the list of previous
years' papers: http://www.e-business.fhbb.ch/hicss

     Researchers and designers from fields such as business development,
     information systems, information studies, computer science,
     anthropology, computer-mediated communication, management sciences,
     usability, interaction design, linguistics, psychology, rhetoric, 
     and so forth.

     Blair Nonnecke, University of Guelph, Canada
     Ulrike Lechner, University of Bremen, Germany
     Petra Schubert, University of Applied Sciences Basel, Switzerland

---Important Dates---
      Abstract submission - Wednesday, March 31, 2004 [instructions below]
      Abstract feedback - by Wednesday, April 14, 2004
      Paper submission - Tuesday, June 15, 2004 [instructions below]
      Accept/Reject notice - Sunday, August 15, 2004
      Final papers due - Friday, October 1, 2004
      One author must register for HICSS - Friday, October 1, 2004
      Deadline for conference-negotiated hotel rates - Wednesday, 
December 1, 2004

---For More Information---
     The online call and a list of previous years' papers:
         nonnecke at cis.uoguelph.ca
         lechner at informatik.uni-bremen.de
         petra.schubert at fhbb.ch
     About the HICSS conference: http://www.hicss.org/

*** DETAILS ***

---About the Minitrack---

Virtual Communities have been studied from a variety of different 
perspectives. Examples range from Communities of Interest, 
Communities of Relationship, Gaming Communities to Communities of 
Transaction. Community building and community management can be a key 
success factors in the digital economy. They can either supplement 
existing or even represent new business models in the digital 
economy. The communities we target may be constituted as Internet 
shops, portal sites, groupware systems, electronic auctions, 
billboards, peer-to-peer file sharing infrastructures, enterprises or 
organizations. Product-centred communities are relevant for online 
companies, as for example the reader community at Amazon.com or 
mutual support groups for software development. Other communities 
form value chains, such as single product manufacturing consortia or 
flexible consumer-driven organization of global supply chains. 
Further examples are topic and technology oriented communities such 
as Open-EDI trading communities, Open Trading on the Internet (OTP), 
EDI/XML interest groups or the community-oriented programming of 
Linux. Communities of Practice or Learning Communities are pivotal 
for knowledge management. On peer-to-peer infrastructures communities 
share files and wireless technologies enable a new type of 
communities, M-Communities.

As the examples show, online communities differ in their orientation. 
Nevertheless, there are some common features which all types of 
communities share: common interests, practices, languages and 
ontologies with common semantics as well as normative issues. 
Communities are a sociological phenomenon. They can foster a social 
atmosphere for interactions and transactions. They dispose of 
enormous power - provided the emergence of adequate services and 
platforms as the file sharing communities illustrate.

---Instructions for Abstract Submission----
1.   Submit a 250 word abstract of your proposed paper via
        email to the chairs (March 31):
        Blair Nonnecke<nonnecke at cis.uoguelph.ca>,
        Ulrike Lechner <lechner at informatik.uni-bremen.de>
        Petra Schubert <petra.schubert at fhbb.ch>
2.   We will send you feedback on the suitability of your
       abstract shortly thereafter.

---Instructions for Paper Submission---
1.  HICSS papers must contain original material not
       previously published, or currently submitted elsewhere.
2.  Do not submit the manuscript to more than one
       Minitrack Chair. If unsure which Minitrack is appropriate, submit
       the abstract to the Track Chair for guidance.
3.  Submit your full paper according to the detailed
       formatting and submission instructions found on the HICSS website.
       Note: All papers will be submitted in double column publication
       format and limited to 10 pages including diagrams and references
       (June 15).
4.  Submit final paper (October 1).

---About the HICSS Conference---
Since 1968 the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
(HICSS) has become a respected a forum for the substantive
interchange of ideas in all areas of information systems and
technology. The objective of HICSS is to provide a unique environment
in which researchers and practitioners in the information, computer
and system sciences can frankly exchange and discuss their research
ideas, techniques and applications. Comments and feedback from each
HICSS conference indicate that the conference format continues to be
professionally rewarding and stimulating to everyone who attends.
More information about the HICSS conference can be found at

--- Conference Administration---
Ralph Sprague, Conference Chair, sprague at hawaii.edu
Sandra Laney, Conference Administrator, hicss at hawaii.edu
Eileen Dennis, Track Administrator, eidennis at indiana.edu

--- 2005 Conference Venue---
Hilton Waikoloa Village (on the Big Island of Hawaii)
425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
Tel: 1-808-886-1234
Fax: 1-808-886-2900

Blair Nonnecke, Assistant Professor
Computing and Information Science
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario  N1G2W1
(519) 824-4120 x56407

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