[open-web-discuss] Call for Papers: BlogTalk 2010 (7th Int'l Social Software Conf.) [Galway, 26-28 August 2010]

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John Breslin

Apr 30, 2010, 5:41:48 AM4/30/10
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Call for Papers and Presentations

BLOGTALK 2010 http://2010.blogtalk.net
The 7th International Conference on Social Software
Galway, Ireland, 26-28 August 2010

Important Dates

Regular paper abstracts due: 7 June 2010 (mandatory)
Regular paper submissions due: 14 June 2010
Notification of regular paper acceptance or rejection: 30 June 2010
Camera-ready regular papers due: 14 July 2010

Demonstration and poster abstracts due: 7 July 2010 (no full papers)
Notification of demo and poster acceptance or rejection: 14 July 2010


* Audience: practitioners, developers, researchers (academia and
* Topics: social software, social media, blogs, microblogs, networks,
* Format: talks, demos and posters, discussion panels, breakout
* Keynote speaker: Stowe Boyd (/Message)
* Conference: 26-27 August; workshop ("MicroBlogTalk"): 28 August
* Medieval castle banquet: 26 August (early booking advised)
* Website: http://2010.blogtalk.net/


Following the international success of the past six BlogTalk events,
the next BlogTalk - to be held in Galway, Ireland from 26-28 August
2010 - is continuing with its focus on social software, while
remaining committed to the diverse cultures, practices and tools of
our emerging networked society. The conference is designed to maintain
a sustainable dialog between developers of innovative social software
solutions, academics and researchers who study and advance social
software and social media, practitioners and administrators in
corporate and educational settings, and other general members of the
social software and social media communities.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, audiences will
come from different fields of practice and will have different
professional backgrounds. We strongly encourage proposals to bridge
these cultural differences and to be understandable for all groups
alike. For researchers, BlogTalk is an ideal conference for
presenting and exchanging research work from current and future social
software projects at an international level. For developers, the
conference is a great opportunity to fly ideas, visions and prototypes
in front of a distinguished audience of peers, to discuss, to link-up
and to learn. For practitioners, this is a venue to discuss use cases
for social software and social media, and to report on any results you
may have with like-minded individuals.

We invite you to submit papers describing your research and
applications at the BlogTalk 2010 conference. To encourage submission
of various types of work by researchers, developers and practitioners,
papers can be submitted in either of two tracks:

* Regular Track (full paper required, 12-14 pages in LNCS format). We
expect papers that discuss mature and implemented work, both regarding
(1) practical or industrial implementations and use-case reports for
social software and social media, or (2) theoretical and research
aspects of social networks and social data. Papers should clearly
motivate the approach and provide relevant evaluations. Each
submission will be reviewed by three members of the Program Committee.
* Demonstration and Poster Track (a two-page abstract describing what
will be presented). This track gives the opportunity to present recent
and in-progress work, in a forum that will encourage discussions since
this track will be held in a special session with ample time for
discussions and networking.

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

* Applications of social networking;
* Architectures of social software applications;
* Business use cases and return on experience;
* Categorisation, folksonomies and social tagging;
* Collaboration and content sharing on the Web and in the enterprise;
* Data acquisition and data mining;
* Data portability;
* Digital rights;
* Ethnography studies of social networking platforms;
* Human computer interaction;
* Identity, privacy, trust and reputation;
* Real-time Social Web, microblogging and the Mobile Web;
* Semantic Web, Linked Data and knowledge representation for the
Social Web;
* Uses in domains: e-government, health care, education, politics;
* Virtual worlds;
* Web standards for social data;
* Wikis and open collaboration.

Why Galway?

Ranked as one of the 25 top destinations to visit in Europe by
TripAdvisor, Galway has simply got it all. Galway is generally
regarded as the cultural capital of the Ireland and is a vibrant and
cosmopolitan city where visitors are assured of a warm welcome. The
city's lively arts and social scene, rich sporting culture and
reputation as a laid-back festival town mean there is something to
suit all interests. And those who want to explore the rugged beauty of
the west coast of Ireland (the Burren and Connemara) will have a
perfect base.

BlogTalk will be held in the Information Technology Building at NUI
Galway, an Irish university established in 1845. NUI Galway is also
home to DERI, one of the world's largest Semantic Web research
institutes with over 125 people from 27 nations.

What is BlogTalk?

From its beginnings, the Internet has fostered communication,
collaboration and networking between users. However, the first boom at
the turn of the millennium was mainly driven by a rather one-sided
interaction: e-commerce, portal sites and the broadcast models of
mainstream media were introduced to the Web. Over the last six or
seven years, new tools and practices have emerged which emphasise the
social nature of computer-mediated interaction. Commonly (and broadly)
labeled as social software, they encompass applications such as blogs
and microblogs, wikis, social networking sites, real-time chat
systems, and collaborative classification systems (folksonomies). The
growth and diffusion of social software has in part been enabled by
certain innovative principles of software development (e.g. open-
source projects, open APIs, etc.), and in part by empowering the
individual user to participate in networks of peers on different

Every year, the International Conference on Social Software (BlogTalk)
brings together different groups of people using and advancing the
Internet and its usage: technical and conceptual developers,
researchers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, and practitioners
alike. It is designed to initiate a dialog between users, developers,
researchers and others who share, analyse and enjoy the benefits of
social software. The focus is on social software as an expression of a
culture that is based on the exchange of information, ideas and
knowledge. Moreover, we understand social software as a new way of
relating people to people and to machines, and vice versa. In the
spirit of the free exchange of opinions, links and thoughts, a wide
range of participants can engage in this discourse.

BlogTalk enables participants to connect and discuss the latest trends
and happenings in the world of social software. It consists of a mix
of presentations, panels, face-to-face meetings, open discussions and
other exchanges of research, with attendees sharing their experiences,
opinions, software developments and tools. Developers are invited to
discuss technological developments that have been designed to improve
the utilisation of social software, as well as reporting about the
current state of their software and projects. This includes new blog
and wiki applications, content-creation and sharing environments,
advanced groupware and tools, client-server designs, GUIs, APIs,
content syndication strategies, devices, applications for
microblogging, and much more. Researchers are asked to focus on their
visions and interdisciplinary concepts explaining social software
including, but not limited to, viewpoints from social sciences,
cultural studies, psychology, education, law and natural sciences.
Practitioners can talk about the practical use of social software in
professional and private contexts, around topics such as communication
improvements, easy-to-use knowledge management, social software in
politics and journalism, blogging as a lifestyle, etc.

BlogTalk has attracted prominent speakers in the past, and previous
keynote speakers include Yeonho Oh, Isaac Mao, Nova Spivack, Salim
Ismail, Michael Breidenbrücker, danah boyd, Matt Mullenweg, and Rod
Smith. 2010 will also feature a stellar lineup of keynotes, including
Stowe Boyd, an authority on social tools and their impact on media,
business, and society. Since one of the main motivations for
organising and running BlogTalk every year is for attendees to be able
to meet and connect with a diverse set of people that are fascinated
by and work in the online digital world, we encourage you to attend
and participate in BlogTalk 2010.

Paper Submission

Regular Track

Submissions will undergo a thorough and competitive pre-conference
reviewing and selection process. Each (full) paper is allowed between
12 and 14 pages (in the LNCS single-column page format, see
http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0). Please
upload your submission along with some personal information using the
EasyChair conference area for BlogTalk 2010 (http://www.easychair.org/
conferences/?conf=blogtalk2010). You will receive a confirmation of
the arrival of your submission immediately. The submission deadline is
14 June 2010, and abstracts must be submitted a week earlier.

Following notification of acceptance, you will be invited to submit a
camera-ready paper for the conference proceedings. The proceedings for
BlogTalk 2009 were accepted for Springer's LNCS series; we are
currently negotiating with the publisher for 2010. BlogTalk is a peer-
reviewed conference.

(Due to the tight schedule we expect that there will be no deadline
extension. As with previous BlogTalk conferences, we will work hard to
endow a fund for supporting travel costs. As soon as we review all of
the papers we will be able to announce more details.)

Demonstration and Poster Track

You must submit a two-page abstract of the work you intend to present
for review purposes. You should provide links to web demos of your
work. There are no full papers required in this track. The submission
deadline is 7 July 2010.


Panels should address timely topics relevant to the themes of the
conference. Please submit proposals to the Conference Co-Chairs
(blogta...@gmail.com) by 14 June 2010.

Social Events

We will have a medieval banquet on 26 August at Dunguaire Castle,
Kinvara, Co. Galway. As there is limited capacity, we advise that
early booking for this event will be necessary. More information is
available on our website. (There will be two sessions, one at 5:30 and
one at 8:45.)


General Chair: John Breslin (NUI Galway / boards.ie)

Programme Chair: Alexandre Passant (DERI, NUI Galway)

Programme Committee:

* Gabriela Avram (University of Limerick)
* Anne Bartlett-Bragg (Headshift)
* Mark Bernstein (Eastgate Systems)
* Stephanie Booth (Climb to the Stars)
* Thomas N. Burg (Socialware)
* Rob Cawte (Web Heavies)
* Fabien Gandon (INRIA)
* Josephine Griffith (NUI Galway)
* Conor Hayes (DERI, NUI Galway)
* Renato Iannella (National ICT Australia)
* Akshay Java (Microsoft)
* Philipp Kaerger (L3S Research Center)
* Sheila Kinsella (DERI, NUI Galway)
* Pranam Kolari (Yahoo!)
* Cameron Marlow (Facebook)
* Daniel Olmedilla (Telefonica)
* Davide Palmisano (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
* Christine Perey (Perey Research and Consulting)
* Jan Schmidt (Hans Bredow Institut)
* Amit Sheth (Wright State University)
* Hideaki Takeda (NII Japan)
* Mischa Tuffield (Garlik)
* Paolo Valdemarin (Evectors)
* Seokchan "Channy" Yun (Seoul National University)
* David Weinberger (Berkman Center for Internet and Society)

Steering Committee: John Breslin, Thomas N. Burg (BlogTalk Founder),
Anne Bartlett-Bragg



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