Web Based Communities and Social Media 2012

Lisbon, Portugal, 19 – 21 July 2012
part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information
(MCCSIS 2012)
Lisbon, Portugal, 17 – 23 July 2012

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

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 Virtual 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 (new date): 27 February 2012
– Notification to Authors (new date): 28 March 2012
– Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (new date): Until
27 April 2012
– Late Registration (new date): After 27 April 2012
– Conference: Lisbon, Portugal, 19 – 21 July 2012

Conference Location
The conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.

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

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