Rome, Italy, 22- 24 July 2011
(http://www.webcommunities-conf.org/) part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2011)
Rome, Italy, 20 – 26 July 2011

 * Keynote Speaker (confirmed):
Professor Gráinne Conole, The Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK
* Conference background and goals
Social Media are growing rapidly and play an increasingly important role in the development of Online Communities. Web based communities announce themselves both in your professional and private life through several new media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Plaxo, etc. Social media allow dynamic roles in participation, virtual presence and online communities. These new ways to communicate via online social media are having great societal effects and are motivating the creation of best practices to help individuals, corporations and authorities to make the best of it. Aware of the growing impact of social media and the influence of web based communities in today’s users/consumers behaviour, many organisations spend an increasing share of their budget in online social marketing strategies.
The mission of this conference is to publish and integrate scientific results and act catalytically to the fast developing culture of web communities, while helping to disseminate and understand the latest developments social media and their impact.
* Format of the Conference
The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations.
The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line).

The conference proceedings will be submitted for indexing to INSPEC, EI Compendex, Thomson ISI, ISTP and other indexing services.

* Best Papers:
Selected authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to selected journals (i.e. IADIS International Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems (IJCSIS – ISSN: 1646-3692) including journals from INDERSCIENCE Publishers and the “International Journal of Web Based Communities” (IJWBC); ISSN: 1477 – 8394 [4 issues per year].
* Types of submissions:
Full papers, Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium.

All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

* Topics related to Web Based Communities are of interest. These include, but are not limited to the following areas and topics:

The history, architecture and future of virtual communities
-From Mobility to Connectivity
-Strategic Investment in Social Networks
-Identity and Augmented Ideologies
-Visionary Web Architectures, Implanted Computers
-Network Revolutions, Post-Colonial and Post-Modern Societies
-Escaping from Reality, Virtual Reality and Multi-User Games
-Towards Alternative Ways of Presence

Group processes and self-organization
-Tele-Democracy, Morality, Netiquette  
-Social Networks, Tribal and Open Communities, Peace Education
-Computer Mediated, Hyper and Narrative Communication, Woven Stories
-MUDs, MOOs and Avatars
-Hosting Web-Based Communities
-Nationalities, Ethnicities and Gender Effects

Cyborgs, teleworking, telemedicine, art games and learning communities
-Fading Hierarchies and Epistemic Dictatorship
-Distributed Cognition, the Electronic Cortex and Constructivism
-Community Directories
-Mechanic World, Organic Computer
– Agents and the Vectorized Self
-Beyond Metaphors: Imagining and Representation
-Communizing as a Marketing Approach

Expanding markets through virtual communities
-The WWW as Digital Market Place
-The Enterprise as a Learning Community
-The Learning as a Road Map for Business
-Universities as Online Communities
-Business-to-Business Communication in Profit and non Profit Sectors
-Virtual communities for people with special needs
-Access to Public Spaces
-Accessibility and Long-Term Disabilities
-Virtual Communities in Health Care

Social Media
-Monitoring Trends in Social Media
-After Facebook, Myspace and LinkedIn?
-Effects of Web Experience on Consumer Choice
-Profiles of Social Networking Sites
-Adoption of Social Networking
-Connecting Small and Medium Enterprises
-Social Media for B2B Marketing
-Multicultural Organizations
-Social Networking at Work
-Social Media, Trust, Reputation and Public Opinion

 * Important Dates:
– Submission Deadline (2nd call): 29 April 2011
– Notification to Authors (2nd call): 30 May 2011
– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (2nd call): Until 20 June 2011
– Late Registration (2nd call): After 20 June 2011
– Conference: Rome, Italy, 22- 24 July 2011 

* Conference Location

The conference will be held in Rome, Italy

* Secretariat

Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3
1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal
E-mail: secretariat@webcommunities-conf.org
Web site: http://www.webcommunities-conf.org/

* Program Committee
Web Based Communities and Social Media 2011 Conference Program Chair:
Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal
MCCSIS 2011 General Conference Chair:
Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal
Committee Members: *
* for committee list please refer to http://www.webcommunities-conf.org/committees.asp

* Registered participants in the Web Based Communities and Social Media 2011 conference may attend the other conferences part of MCCSIS 2011 free of charge.

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UUID (Universal Usability and Interaction Design) SIG at Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia.
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