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

2nd Workshop on Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2008)
in conjunction with 11th International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS 2008)
Innsbruck, Austria
May 5, 6 or 7, 2008

Deadline for submissions: January 12, 2008
Extended to: February 3, 2008

In 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 information, ways of developing social norms, opinions, attitudes and even legal aspects as well as ways of working and doing business.
It 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.

The goal of this workshop is to bring researchers and practitioners together to explore the issues and challenges related to social aspects of the Web. We want to facilitate discussion on topics including theoretical, empirical and applied studies related to:


  • Users in the social Web
    • User identity/identities on the Web
    • Activity patterns
    • Privacy / intimacy in the social Web
    • Psychological aspects of acting in the social Web
    • Analysis and reduction of the socio-technical gap in social software
  • Communities on the Web
    • User roles, leadership and interactions
    • Conflicts and their resolution
    • Social norms and their enforcement
    • Trust and reputation in communities
    • Relations of on-line and off-line communities
    • Social discourse and decision-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 on the social Web
    • 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 practices
  • Applications of Web-based social software
    • Social software architectures
    • Social software on the Semantic Web
    • Strategies for bootstrapping social software systems and bypassing the critical mass problem
    • Social software in information processing and retrieval
    • Social software in collaborative maintenance of content and data


  • Long papers: max. 5000 words
  • Work-in-progress rep.: max. 2500 words
  • Position papers: max. 2500 words
  • Demo papers: max. 2500 words

SAW 2008, full CfP

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