Web Science: Collaboration and Collective Intelligence
A Workshop for the ACM Conference on Hypertext (2008) - June 19, (Pittsburgh, PA)
The advent of the Web has profoundly affected our way of working and living. Many of us would feel uncomfortable if the Web or email service in our office went down, even for just one day. We all need to be connected. We all need to communicate and cooperate with others.
Web 2.0 technology and practice has greatly promoted social networking, large scale collaborative knowledge creation, large scale e-democracy activities, and many other forms of interactive collaboration between people. The emerging Semantic Web will impact even more strongly. Imagine if (almost) all personal and organisational data were available on the Web and meaningfully analysable with the help of various specialised software agents, how would people and organisations run their business, how would they identify, select, and collaborate with their partners and customers to face their shared challenges?
Web Science is a proposed new discipline to study the impact of the Web on people and society. Web Science is about understanding how technical innovation changes practise, and how behaviour in the small translates to behaviour in the large.
The workshop is for people who are interested to collaboration support and collective intelligence in the age of Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web, and who are interested in helping to define the Web Science discipline. This includes not only people with a technical expertise, but also those who study the human aspects of Web phenomena, such as on-line communities, and the impact of these technologies on society.
Call for Participation (Now Closed)
We are asking for position papers on a broad range of topics that fall within the Web Science space. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
Position papers can describe concluded or ongoing work - the objective is to identify a number of themes within Web Science which are of interest to Hypertext researchers, we will ask participants to briefly present in their themes and to lead discussion.
Submissions (Now Closed)
Authors must submit an electronic copy of their position papers (in PDF) directly to the organizing committee via email. Papers should be minimum of 2 pages, maximum 5 pages when printed using the official ACM templates (http://www.acm.org/sigs/pubs/proceed/template.html). At least one of the authors of an accepted paper should register and participate in the workshop.
Workshop proceedings will appear on the Hypertext 2008 Proceedings CD, and will also appear in the ACM Digital Library.
Weigang Wang is Lecturer of Interactive Systems in Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester. He has been involved in hypertext and collaborative system research since 1991. His current research interests include web-based collaborative systems and new way of working, decision-making and learning enabled by such emerging Web technologies, especially the ones combining AJAX and Semantic Web.
David Millard is Lecturer of Computer Science in the Learning Societies Lab at the University of Southampton, UK. He has been involved in Hypertext and Web research for over ten years. His current interests include Knowledge and Narrative interfaces, and the impact of Web Literacy on e-learning.
Wendy Hall is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK. She is a founding Director of the Web Science Research Institute, and is currently senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, is Vice President of the ACM and is a Past President of the British Computer Society (2003-04). She has published over 350 papers in areas such as hypermedia, multimedia, digital libraries, and Web technologies.
Many thanks to the members of the Program Committee.Kenneth Anderson, University of Colorado, U.S.A.
Simon French, Manchester Business School, UK
Joerg Haake, FernUniversitaet in Hagen, Germany
Linda Macaulay, Manchester Business School, UK
Roy Rada, University of Maryland, U.S.A.
Jessica Rubart, arvato services, Germany
Till Schuemmer, FernUniversitaet in Hagen, Germany
Manolis Tzagarakis, Computer Technology Institute, Greece