2nd Workshop on Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2008)

Venue: Innsbruck

Location: Innsbruck, Austria

Event Date/Time: May 05, 2008 End Date/Time: May 07, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Jan 12, 2008
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n recent years, the Web has moved from a simple one-way communication channel extending traditional media, to a complex "peer-to-peer" communication space with a blurred author/audience distinction and new ways to create, share and use knowledge in a social way.
This change of paradigm is currently profoundly transforming most areas of our life: our interactions with other people, our relationships, ways of gathering informations, ways of developing social norms, opinions, attitudes and even legal aspects as well as ways of working and doing business.
That change also raises a strong need for theoretical, empirical and applied studies related to how people may interact on the Web, how they actually do so and what new possibilities and challenges are emerging in the social, business and technology dimensions.

Topics of this year's workshop cover:

  • Users in the social Web
    • User identity/identities on the Web

    • Activity patterns

    • Privacy / intimacy in the social Web

    • Psychological aspects of acting in social Web

  • Communities on the Web

    • Users roles, leadership and interactions

    • Conflicts and their resolution

    • Social norms and their enforcement

    • Trust and its propagation

    • Relations of on-line and off-line communities

    • Social discourse and decission-taking on the Web

  • Large-scale social Web mining and empirical studies

    • Social network analysis

    • Associations mining from social network

    • Large-scale behaviour patterns and anomalies' mining

    • Moods' / opinions' / social problems' analysis

    • Experts finding in social Web sources

    • Mining formal semantics from social sources

    • Methodologies of Web-based social macro and micro studies

  • Social Web and business

    • Social Web as a source of business information

    • Social Web as a business communication channel

    • Business models for social software and services

    • Specific types of social software on the Web (bookmarking, social networks etc.)

    • Use cases and best practicies

  • Applications of Web-based social software

    • Social software architectures

    • Social software in information processing and retrieval

    • Social software in collaborative maintenance of content and data