[Air-L] Final Reminder - CFP: Special session on "Survey methodology and online community research" at the ESRA 2013 Conference in Ljubljana

Gregor Petrič gregor.petric at fdv.uni-lj.si
Thu Jan 10 01:32:56 PST 2013

This is a reminder for the Call for Participation at the session "Survey methodology and online community research," which will be organized at the ESRA 2013 Conference in Ljubljana (15th to 19th of July 2013).

Short abstracts of proposed papers are due by 13th January 2013 (Sunday).

All abstracts should be sent via the ESRA management system available at:http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conferences/register  

Please do note that in order to submitt an abstract you must first register
in the ESRA management system.

More information about the session can be found at:http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conferences/sessions?meth=Other
More information about the ESRA 2013 conference:http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conference

Please feel free to contact us at gregor [dot] petric [at] fdv.uni-lj.si if you have any question about the session.


Online communities have attracted much attention from social scientists over the last two decades. From the early beginnings of the bulletin-board systems in the late 1980s, through discussion boards and web forums in 1990s, to the recent diffusion of social networks sites, researchers have explored social, psychological and cultural aspects of online phenomena.  Such variety of research interests has been accompanied with a variety of methods for data collection and analysis, including virtual ethnography, data mining with "big data", social network analysis, and surveys. Looking at this 20-year period and, especially, after the proliferation of web survey tools at the end of 1990s, survey methodology seems to be a commonly used approach in online community research. However, little attention has been given in the literature to the methodological advances in survey techniques for this specific purpose.

The session is open for short abstracts of proposed papers that explore the methodological aspects of survey deployment in online community research. These include (but are not limited to) the following issues:

- design and implementation of survey recruitment techniques,
- unit and item non-response,
- non-coverage error,
- response reluctance,
- sampling of online community participants,
- use of incentives,
- strategies and methods for surveying participants in special online domains such as online social support or health-related groups.

We welcome original and innovative theoretical, empirical as well as case studies that might involve various types of online communities such as discussion boards, news-letters and mailing lists, web forums, virtual worlds, and social network sites, wikis and other online collaborative environments.

*Workshop Organizers*
Andraz Petrovcic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Gregor Petric, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Katja Lozar Manfreda, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Apologies for cross-postings

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