[Air-L] Call for contributors: Workshop on Research 2.0, 18 June 2008, Manchester

Yuwei Lin yuwei at ylin.org
Mon May 12 04:14:57 PDT 2008

*** Apologies for cross-posing ***


Workshop on Research 2.0

18 June, Manchester

(To be held in conjunction with the 4th International e-Social Science
conference, 18-20 June 2008, http://www.ncess.ac.uk/events/conference/)


Participation in online, social networking activities has become highly
popular in contemporary society. Commercial websites integrating with a
range of Web 2.0 tools have created a new discourse, replacing the static,
top-down nature of Web 1.0. Web 2.0 is also changing the way we do
research. It has been envisioned that a well-designed social networking
site can facilitate communications between scientists at different physical
locations and in different disciplines, and can encourage them or at least
make it easier for them to share their data and findings, and possibly
recreate and reuse these resources. Research 2.0 is the term commonly used
to describe the extension of Web 2.0 tools to support academic and other
research. But do all lessons we have learnt from generic social networking
sites apply to scientific social networking ones? Or are there any
substantial differences between the two, given the specific needs of users
working in scientific field?

Format of the workshop

This one-day workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the 4th
International e-Social Science conference at Manchester, aims to map
current territory of Research 2.0 (What Web 2.0 applications exist in
research and how have they been adopted), and to identify the opportunities
and challenges in the development and implementation of Research 2.0. It
will consist of a number of short papers and discussion sessions
identifying promising research directions and initiating interdisciplinary

Call for paper presenters and discussants

We are looking for paper presenters and discussants. Topics of interest
include (but are not limited to):

* new Web 2.0-based technologies for facilitating scientific work
* design and evaluation methodologies for Research 2.0 sites (including new
research methods such as virtual ethnography)
* usability and performativity issues of Research 2.0 sites
* cultural, legal and social issues around Research 2.0
* case studies on scientific use of web 2.0 tools and concepts
* how Research 2.0 shape the production of scientific knowledge (Do Web 2.0
applications in research make a difference to existing Internet
applications like email, content management systems or newsgroups?)
* good practice of engaging users and fostering a Research 2.0 community

Submission Guidelines

Participants interested in presenting a short paper or being a discussant
should submit a 300-word abstract describing the paper to present or the
topics to discuss to Yuwei Lin <yuwei.lin at ncess.ac.uk> not later than
Friday 16 May, 2008.

Important Dates

Abstract submission: 16 May, 2008
Author notification: 19 May, 2008
Date of Workshop: 18 June, 2008


Yuwei Lin (University of Manchester)
Rob Procter (University of Manchester)
Meik Poschen (University of Manchester)
Rachel Gibson (University of Manchester)
David De Roure (University of Southampton)

For further information please see http://www.ncess.ac.uk/events/conference/

Dr. Yuwei Lin
ESRC National Centre for e-Social Science (NCeSS)
University of Manchester
Arthur Lewis Building 2C
Manchester M13 9PL
T. +44-(0)161-2751388
F. +44-(0)161-2751390
W. (work) http://www.ncess.ac.uk
W. (personal) http://www.ylin.org

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