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CfP: WIRW (at WikiSym 2008)

Felipe Ortega
Apologies for duplicate reception.

                            CALL FOR PAPERS
  First Workshop on "Interdisciplinary Research on Wiki Communities"
                            September 8, 2008

                             at WikiSym 2008
                             Porto, Portugal
                          September 8-10, 2008

The array of approaches to studying wikis is a source of
wealth but also a possible source of confusion: What are
appropriate methodologies for the analysis of wiki communities?
Which are the most critical parameters (both quantitative
and qualitative) for study in wiki evolution and outcomes?
Is it possible to find effective interdisciplinary approaches
to augment our overall understanding of these dynamic
creative environments?

This workshop intends to provide an opportunity to explore
these questions by researchers and practitioners willing to
participate in a “brainstorming research meeting”.

How To Participate
You are invited to submit a position paper (max. length 4 pages)
showing methodologies, tools and challenges in this research
area. Submissions will be reviewed for quality and relevance.

We plan to celebrate a dynamic brainstorming research session. If
you're attending WikiSym but didn't submit a paper, you're also
invited to join the workshop.

Submissions should be sent to jfelipe_at_gsyc_dot_es and
wiki_workshop_at_gsyc_dot_es. Submissions must follow the ACM SIG
Proceedings Format: .

Important Dates
* Submission deadline: **August 12**.
* Notification of acceptance: August 19.
* Workshop date: September 8, 13:30-17:00 (time to be confirmed).

The main goal of this workshop is to provide an adequate forum for
wiki researchers to:

* Present their own approaches for studying wiki communities from
multiple perspectives (e-learning, sociology, content analysis,
quantitative analysis and data mining, social networking, etc.).
* Explain the main problems they face when integrating different
research approaches into a coherent line of research.

* Propose possible solutions in the form of tools, methodologies,
research strategies and ways of collaboration that can be adopted
to further such research.

* Exchange research ideas with colleagues who can provide novel
points of view that could complement existing research initiatives.

An important outcome will be a charter to create a global virtual
research planet on wiki communities. It will include wiki
researchers, wiki research tools, wiki research bibliography,
forums, blogs, wikis, etc. Its main objective will be to serve
as a common meeting point and resource center for all researchers
in this field.

Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

Practitioner studies:

  * Research tools supporting quantitative analysis of wiki

  * Content quality, assessment, and author reputation.

  * Social Network Analysis, web graphs, and visualization
  techniques for wiki communities.

  * Technological innovation for supporting wiki communities
  (e.g., content distribution, P2P, security and authentication).

  * Ontological and taxonomic technologies (lexical corpus
  and authorities, semantic searches, content categorization).

Reflections upon methodological and disciplinary experiences
in studying wiki communities (e.g., sociology, education,
knowledge management, economics).

  * Dealing with human subjects review (IRB) or ethic
  guidelines (e.g., journalists interviewing versus oral

  * Issues on privacy and data retention. How do these issues
  vary across disciplines and countries (legal/regulatory

  * Did you try to submit your work to a journal in one
  discipline, have it rejected, but accepted in another?
  (And why was this so?)

  * Have you had any experiences working with collaborators
  from other disciplines?

  * Did you run into problems with your corpus of data and
  the tools people typically use in your discipline?

In this context, the workshop organization will be threefold:

1.Present a complete perspective of the current state-of-the-art
of Wikipedia and wiki-based open communities from different points
of view. This will be achieved by presentations of position papers
explaining existing tools and research methods successfully applied
to the analysis of wiki environments.

2.Promote the creation of small working groups to consider the
integration of distinct research strategies, including opportunities
for interactions and feedback between researchers.

3.A final plenary session to consider the different solutions
proposed by the working groups, and summarizing a catalog of tools,
methodologies and opportunities of collaboration that may be offered
to wiki researchers wanting to undertake interdisciplinary analysis
in this area.

A detailed agenda is available at .

Joseph Reagle - (NYU, USA)
Felipe Ortega - GSyC/Libresoft (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain).
Antonio J. Reinoso - GSyC/Libresoft (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain).
Rut Jesus - CPNSS (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Reviews Coordinator:
Gregorio Robles - GSyC/Libresoft (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain).

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