Microsoft Research is sponsoring a second Social Computing Symposium to be held April 25-26, 2005, presumably somewhere in the greater Redmond / Seattle area. [Update: I initially posted the wrong dates in the first sentence and the title; the correct dates are there now -- April 25-26.] Like last year's event, which was invitation-only, the intent is to bring together researchers, pundits and [other] innovators to help everyone interested in social computing gain greater awareness of developments in different dimensions of this space. This year, the organizers are opening up their call for participation, and inviting position papers of 300-500 words (due February 28).
Position papers should not be narrowly focused on either academic study or industry practice. Rather, submissions should do one or more of the following: address theoretical and methodological issues in the design and development of social computing technologies; reflect on concrete experiences with mobile and online settings; offer glimpses of novel systems; discuss current and evolving practices; offer views as to where research is needed.
We are particularly interested in position papers that explore any of the following areas. However, given the symposium’s focus on new innovation in social technologies, we are open to other topics as well.
a) The digitization of identity and social networks.
b) Proliferation and use of social metadata.
c) Mobile, ubiquitous social technologies changing the way we socialize.
d) Micropublishing of personal content (e.g. blogs), and the democratization of information exchange and knowledge development.
e) Social software on the global scale: the impact of cross-cultural differences in experiences of identity and community.