[Air-L] CFP HICSS minitrack Collective Intelligence and Crowds: Structure, Roles, and Identit

Fichman, Pnina fichman at indiana.edu
Tue Apr 29 05:56:30 PDT 2014

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CFP HICSS minitrack Collective Intelligence and Crowds: Structure, Roles, and Identity
Track: Digital and Social Media
Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 48, January 5-8, 2015, Kauai, Hawaii http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/

Papers Due: June 15, 2014 via the HICSS conference system http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_48/apahome48.htm

We live surrounded by socially constructed identities. Some examples are organizations, nations, websites, companies, products and even persons. These identities are constituted through a complex interplay of interactions, a kind of distributed cognition. Communication requires not only a representation in an individual’s mind but also the knowledge that there is a similar representation in the minds of others. Platforms built on top of the Internet have changed the way we can create such shared representations. They allow people to aggregate knowledge from socially distant areas. They also allow diverse groups of people – and maybe machines in the form of artificial intelligences  – to negotiate identities. We can build collective intelligences that themselves will steer the quest for knowledge. The collectives can be self-catalyzing, deciding individually or collaboratively what to do next, out of which novel and practical ideas emerge.
While these open design collectives rely on organic growth and slow embedding of members in the network, alternative structures based on crowds can be assembled more rapidly. Between the two extremes are a host of different organizational structures, in which already committed members of a community are deployed to create or improve ideas. And the traces of these new organizations are also varied, ranging from ephemeral short messages to curated collaborative knowledge repositories. The output often takes the form of digital media.
We are interested in papers that observe, analyze, or visualize these organization structures and the  innovations they produce, papers that simulate this production through software, papers that analyze the phenomena of crowdsourcing, collective intelligence and collaborative mass knowledge production, and design research that creates and evaluates new tools and processes.
We are particularly open to papers that explore unusual ways of modelling emergent organizations: models that demonstrate or reflect the influence of social systems on user behaviours, models that consider the multiple connections between people, technology, and institutions, models of technological and social affordances, models that break personal identity into sub-relations, and models that examine the emergence of roles, identity, and institutions. We are interested in applying the ideas of James March, Mark Granovetter, Harrison White, Charles Tilly and related scholars to information systems. We are looking for papers about the mechanisms (in the sense of Bhaskar) that explain the emergence of collective identity.
In sum, the content of the track is open to analysis of collective intelligence, new knowledge creation, and crowdsourcing. Included also is the analysis of social interaction as a way of describing underlying social structure, and in particular the social construction of identity and roles.. Thus the track is open to a wide range of content areas that lend themselves to the analysis of relations between people, collectives, and machines,  as well as the products produced as a result of these relations.
In this minitrack, we are aiming to attract an audience from five groups: first, those interested in collective intelligence and crowdsourcing and who find a home in information systems departments; second, those in information schools who study these topics; third, computer scientists who are interested in the analysis of network and crowd processes, fourth, those who use social networks to describe social structure and fifth, industry practitioners.

Minitrack Organizers:

Donald Steiny, The Institute for Social Network Analysis of the Economy; steiny at steiny.com<mailto:steiny at steiny.com>
Pnina Fichman, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington; fichman at indiana.edu<mailto:fichman at indiana.edu>
Jeffrey V. Nickerson, Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology; jnickerson at stevens.edu<mailto:jnickerson at stevens.edu>

About HICSS conferences:
Now in its 48th year, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) is one of the longest-standing continuously running scientific conferences. This conference brings together researchers in an aloha-friendly atmosphere conducive to free exchange of scientific ideas. Unique characteristics of the conference include:
•      A matrix structure of tracks and themes that enables research on a rich mixture of computer-based applications and technologies.
•      Three days of research paper presentations and discussions in a workshop setting that promotes interaction leading to additional research.
•      A full day of Symposia, Workshops, and Tutorials. See Program Components for additional detail.
•      A truly international experience with participants usually from over 40 countries, (approximately 50% non-US).
•      Papers published in the Proceedings by the IEEE Computer Society Press and carried in the IEEE digital library Xplore. Access to HICSS papers is in the top 2% of IEEE Conferences.
•      Paper presentations and discussions which frequently lead to revised and extended papers that are published in journals, books, and special issues.
•      A keynote address and distinguished lecture which explore particularly relevant topics and concepts.

•      Best Paper Awards<http://www.hicss.hawaii.edu/hicss_47/bestpapers2014.htm> in each track which recognize superior research performance.

•      HICSS is the #1 IS conference in terms of citations as recorded by Google Scholar.
Recent research that shows HICSS ranked second in citation ranking among 18 Information Systems (IS) conferences, ranked third in value to the MIS field among 13 Management Information Systems (MIS) conferences, and ranked second in conference rating among 11 IS conferences. The Australian Government's Excellence in Research project (ERA) has given HICSS an "A" rating.
Important deadlines for authors:

•      June 15: Submit full manuscripts for review. Review is double-blind.

•      Aug 15: Review System emails Acceptance Notices to authors.

•      Oct 1: Early Registration fee deadline. (Fees will increase
on Sept 16 and Dec 1.) Early Registration fee: $625

•      Oct 2: General Registration Fee begins: $695 (Registration price remains through December 1, 2014)

•      Oct 15: Papers without at least one registered author will
be deleted from the Proceedings; authors will be so notified.

•      Dec 2: Late Registration fee beings: $795 (Registration price remains through conference)

Pnina Fichman
Associate Professor, School of Informatics and Computing
Director, Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics
Affiliated Associate Professor, School of Global and International Studies
901 East 10th Street, Informatics West #301
Indiana University, Bloomington, 47408
Phone (812) 856-1587
E-Mail fichman at indiana.edu<mailto:fichman at indiana.edu>
Web http://ella.slis.indiana.edu/~fichman/

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