[Humanist] 25.834 events: social; digital girls; knowledge engineering

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 834.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
                Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org

  [1]   From:    Judith Simon <judith.simon at univie.ac.at>                 (139)
        Subject: cfp: SOCIAL TURN - DEADLINEEXTENDED (April 8, 2012)

  [2]   From:    "Lawrence, Faith" <faith.lawrence at kcl.ac.uk>              (58)
        Subject: CFP: Girls and Digital Culture: Transnational Reflections,
                September 2012

  [3]   From:    Annette ten Teije <annette at cs.vu.nl>                      (77)
        Subject: CfP:  18th Int. Conf. on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge
                Management --EKAW 2012--

        Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:21:42 +0000
        From: Judith Simon <judith.simon at univie.ac.at>
        Subject: cfp: SOCIAL TURN - DEADLINEEXTENDED (April 8, 2012)



Extended  deadline: April 8, 2012.

The symposium is part of the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 in honour
of Alan Turing, held on July 2nd to 6th, 2012. University of
Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.http://events.cs.bham.ac.uk/turing12/ &
The event is jointly organized by The Society for the Study of
Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)
[http://www.aisb.org.uk http://www.aisb.org.uk/  ] and The International Association for
Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) [http://www.ia-cap.org<http://www.ia-cap.org/> ]



Bernhard Rieder, New Media, University of Amsterdam.
Marek Sergot, Imperial College, London.GRANTS:



The European Network for Social Intelligence is offering a limited
number of travel grants for PhD students and early stage researchers.
Please indicate in your paper submission if you want to apply for the travel
grants. Further information will be made available on the symposium



Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Mälardalen University, Sweden.
Antonino Rotolo, CIRSFID, U. di Bologna, Italy.
Giovanni Sartor, EUI and CIRSFID, Italy.
Judith Simon, University of Vienna, Austria and & Karlsruhe Institute
of Technology, Germany.
Clara Smith, UNLP and UCALP, Argentina.


This 2012 symposium merges the symposium entitled Social Turn: Social
Computing - Social Cognition - Social Intelligence; and the SNAMAS
symposium, focused on Social Networks and Multi-Agent Systems, which
have precursor symposia in Social Computing at IACAP and the SNAMAS in
AISB conferences.



The field of social computing has two different foci: social and
computational. There is the focus on socialness of social software or
social web applications. Widespread examples of social software are
blogs, wikis, social bookmarking services, instant messaging services,
and social networking sites. Social computing often uses various types
of crowdsourcing techniques for aggregation of input from numerous
users (public at large). Tools such as prediction markets, social
tagging, reputation and trust systems as well as recommender systems
are based on collaborative filtering and thus a result of

Another focus of social computing is on computational modeling of
social behavior, among others through Multi-agent systems (MAS) and
Social Networks (SN). MAS have an anchoring going beyond social
sciences even when a sociological terminology is often used. There are
several usages of MAS: to design distributed and/or hybrid systems; to
develop philosophical theory; to understand concrete social facts, or
to answer concrete social issues via modelling and simulation. MAS aim
at modelling, among other things, cognitive or reactive agents who
interact in dynamic environments where they possibly depend on each
other to achieve their goals. The emphasis is nowadays on constructing
complex computational systems composed by agents which are regulated
by various types of norms, and behave like human social systems.
Finally, Social networks (SN) are social structures made of nodes
(which are, generally, individuals or organizations) that are tied by
one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values,
visions, idea, financial exchange, friends, kinship, dislike,
conflict, trade, web links, disease transmission, among many others.
Social networks analysis plays a critical role in determining the way
specific problems are solved, organizations are run, and the degree to
which individuals succeed in achieving their goals. Social networks
analysis has addressed also the dynamics issue, called dynamic
networks analysis.

This is an emergent scientific field that brings together traditional
social network analysis, link analysis and multi-agent systems.

The symposium addresses, but is not limited to, the following topics:

- Conceptual issues such as Socialness (notions of the social used
and/or enforced in social computing and research on social cognition
or social intelligence) and
 Computational Models and mechanisms of social computing (information
processing) as well as models and social mechanisms of cognition and
- Agency & Action in social computing systems: How can agency be
understood and/or modeled in systems consisting of human and non-human
- Social Coordination & Norms: Emergence of norms (e.g. in Wikipedia)
and compliance including their computational modeling in
socio-technical systems.
- Interaction & Communication in socio-technical systems and their
computational models
- Knowledge: the epistemological and ethical consequences of
distributed knowledge creation in social computing and its
computational models
- Relations between the individual and the social: Forming of
individual existence in relation to social computing (e.g. digital
identity), including its computational modeling.
- Agreement technologies.
- Electronic Institutions.
- Empirical and/or theoretical studies on a specific social or legal
relationship (power, solidarity, legitimity, dependency...).
- Empirical and/or theoretical studies on social relations' regulations.
- Formalization of Normed Systems.
- Logical frameworks for representing, describing and analysing
agent's social or legal relationships.
- Relations between the individual and the social: Forming of
individual existence in relation to social computing (e.g. digital
identity), including its info-computational modeling.
- Responsibility, Accountability & Liability. What is epistemically
and ethically responsible behavior with respect to social software and
how can it be supported? What are the responsibilities of different
human agents (e.g. software users, designers, researchers, etc)?
- Rules and standards.
- Social Networking Sites: philosophical implications of socialness in
social networking sites (e.g., privacy, social structures, etc.).
- Info-computational models of social networking sites.
- The role of agents´ attributes in structuring social and legal relationships.
- The role of specific social relationships in structuring groups and
- Trust in social computing. Differences and similarities between
notions of trust e.g. in multi-agent systems, social networking sites,
recommender  systems, etc. Differences and similarities between trust
online and offline. How can trust be supported by a computational
system  itself?



Paper submission deadline: April 8, 2012.
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2012.
Camera ready version deadline: June 1, 2012.
Symposium: 2nd – 3rd July, 2012.



Guidelines for paper submission are as follows:
- The paper should be written in English.
- The maximum length of a paper is 6 A4-sized pages in ECAI format
(format download:
- The paper should be in PDF format.
- Please choose one track between SOCIAL TURN and SNAMAS, and submit
via the online paper submission system to the corresponding track at:


        Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 12:45:48 +0000
        From: "Lawrence, Faith" <faith.lawrence at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: CFP: Girls and Digital Culture: Transnational Reflections, September 2012
        In-Reply-To: <FE37361E55FDC343A27E119DFB7785BB40B0A19956 at KCL-MAIL04.kclad.ds.kcl.ac.uk>

Call for Papers: Girls and Digital Culture: Transnational Reflections

An international interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Centre for
Culture, Media and Creative Industries and the Department of Digital
Humanities, King¹s College, London. September 13 & 14 , 2012, King¹s
College London, Strand Campus

This conference seeks to bring together current research exploring the
relationship between contemporary girlhood and digital culture, in a
transnational frame. Drawing on approaches from the arts, humanities and
social sciences  the conference will look at how contemporary
transformations and transnational interconnections may be challenging
existing social and cultural categories, power structures and global
hegemonies. The conference will consider the following questions:

* What are the key debates in current research on girls, young women and
digital culture?
* How might a transnational lens raise new questions, and what new ideas
does it make thinkable?
* Is digital culture global culture?
* How does the development of new digital technologies affects notions and
experiences of girlhood?
* How are girls using new digital technologies?
* How do ideas and practices move across national borders?
* What effects do transnational interconnections have on girlhood and
digital culture?

Speakers include: 
Lisa Nakamura
Shani Orgad
Kalpana Wilson
Jessica Ringrose
Rupa Huq
Simidele Dosekun

Papers will be welcomed from across the social sciences, arts and
humanities, including sociology, geography, media and communication
studies, digital humanities, web science, gender studies, queer studies,
cultural studies and postcolonial theory, as well as from artists,
activists, grassroots and community initiatives and policy makers/think

Themes of the conference include:

Girls experiences of digital culture
Gender and social media
Activism and politics
Identity and subjectivity
Gender and blogging
Gender, play and digital culture
Power and digital divisions
Intersectional and transnational approaches

Abstracts of up to 200 words should be sent to
girlsanddigitalculture at gmail.com, by 31st March 2012

For further details and updates see

Please forward on to any interested parties/lists,


Girls and Digital Culture Organisation Committee
Dr. Ofra Koffman

Dr. K Faith Lawrence
Prof. Rosalind Gill

        Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:41:41 +0000
        From: Annette ten Teije <annette at cs.vu.nl>
        Subject: CfP:  18th Int. Conf. on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management --EKAW 2012--
        In-Reply-To: <FE37361E55FDC343A27E119DFB7785BB40B0A19956 at KCL-MAIL04.kclad.ds.kcl.ac.uk>

NOTICE: deadline 18th of April  2012 (Abstract),  25th of April 2012 (Paper)

Call for Papers:

18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2012)
National University of Ireland Galway Quadrangle
October 8-12, 2012.


The 18th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management is concerned with all aspects of eliciting, acquiring, modeling and managing knowledge, and its role in the construction of knowledge-intensive systems and services for the semantic web, knowledge management, e-business, natural language processing, intelligent information integration, etc.

The special focus of the 18th edition of EKAW will be on "Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management that matters". We are explicitly calling for papers that have a potentially high impact on a specific community or application domain (e.g. pharmacy and life sciences), as well as for papers which report on the development or evaluation of publicly available data sets relevant for a large number of applications. Moreover, we welcome contributions dealing with problems specific to modeling and maintenance of real-world data or knowledge, such as scalability and robustness of knowledge-based applications, or privacy and provenance issues related to organizational knowledge management.

In addition to the main research track, EKAW 2012 will feature a tutorial and workshop program, as well as a poster and demo track. Moreover, there will be a Doctoral Consortium giving new PhD students a possibility to present their research proposals, and to get feedback on methodological and practical aspects of their planned dissertation.

The proceedings of the conference will be published by Springer Verlag in the LNCS series. The LNCS volume will contain the contributed research papers as well as descriptions of the demos presented at the conference. Papers published at any of the workshops will be published in dedicated workshop proceedings.

EKAW 2012 welcomes papers dealing with theoretical, methodological, experimental, and application-oriented aspects of knowledge engineering and knowledge management. In particular, but not exclusively, we solicit papers about methods, tools and methodologies relevant with regard to the following topics:

1) “Knowledge Management and Knowledge Engineering that matters”

• Real-world applications of methods for knowledge management and engineering in domains such as
   - e-Government and public administration
   - Life sciences, health and medicine
   - Automotive and manufacturing industry
   - Cultural heritage applications
   - Digital libraries
• Development and evaluation of publicly available knowledge repositories for new applications or domains
• Methods and methodologies addressing the challenges of real-world data, e.g.,
   - Scalability, robustness etc.
   - Maintenance costs and financial risks
   - Privacy and data security
• Lessons learned from case studies, e.g.,
   - Knowledge management in large organizations
   - Adoption of semantic web technologies
   - Maintenance of corporate knowledge repositories

2) Knowledge Management

• Methodologies and tools for knowledge management
• Knowledge sharing and distribution, collaboration
• Best practices and lessons learned from case studies
• Provenance and trust in knowledge management
• Methods for accelerating take-up of knowledge management technologies
• Corporate memories for knowledge management
• Evolution, maintenance and preservation of knowledge
• Web 2.0 technologies for knowledge management
• Incentives for human knowledge acquisition (e.g. games with a purpose)

3) Knowledge Engineering and Acquisition

• Tools and methodologies for ontology engineering
• Ontology design patterns
• Ontology localization
• Ontology alignment
• Knowledge authoring and semantic annotation
• Knowledge acquisition from non-ontological resources (thesauri, folksonomies etc.)
• Semi-automatic knowledge acquisition, e.g., ontology learning
• Mining the Semantic Web and the Web of Data
• Ontology evaluation and metrics
• Uncertainty and vagueness in knowledge representation
• Dealing with dynamic, distributed and emerging knowledge

4) Social and Cognitive Aspects of Knowledge Representation

• Knowledge representation inspired by cognitive science
• Synergies between humans and machines
• Knowledge emerging from user interaction and networks
• Knowledge ecosystems
• Expert finding, e.g., by social network analysis
• Trust and privacy in knowledge representation
• Collaborative and social approaches to knowledge management and acquisition
• Crowdsourcing in knowledge management

As last EKAW conference we will accept different types of papers. The papers will all have the same status and follow the same formatting guidelines in the proceedings but will receive special treatment during the reviewing phase. In particular, each paper type will be subject to own evaluation criteria. The PC will also make sure that there is a reasonable balance of the paper types accepted. At submission time the paper has to be clearly identified as belonging to one of the following categories.

• Research papers: These are “standard” papers presenting a novel method, technique or analysis with appropriate empirical or other types of evaluation as proof-of concept. The main evaluation criteria here will be originality, technical soundness and validation.

• In-use papers: Here we are expecting papers describing applications of knowledge management and engineering in real environments. Applications need to address a sufficiently interesting and challenging problem on real-world datasets, involving many users etc. The focus is less on the originality of the approach and more on presenting systems that solve a significant problem while addressing the particular challenges that come with the use of real-world data. Evaluations should involve a representative subset of the actual users of the system.

• Position papers: We invite researchers to also publish position papers which describe novel and innovative ideas. Position papers may also comprise an analysis of currently unsolved problems, or review theses problems from a new perspective, in order contribute to a better understanding of these problem in the research community. We expect that such papers will guide future research by highlighting critical assumptions, motivating the difficulty of a certain problem or explaining why current techniques are not sufficient, possibly corroborated by quantitative and qualitative arguments.

Submissions of research and in-use papers should comprise a maximum of 15 pages formatted according to Springer Verlag LNCS guidelines and uploaded using Easychair ( http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ekaw2012). Position papers are required to have at most 5 pages in the same format.

We will select the best papers from EKAW and invite the authors for a special edition of Journal of Data Semantics.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission: 18th of April  2012
Paper Submission: 25th of April 2012
Notification: 6th of June 2012
Camera Ready: 30 of June 2012

Organizing Committee:

General chair: Heiner Stuckenschmidt
Co-chair and local organizer: Siegfried Handschuh
Program chairs: Annette ten Teije, Johanna Voelker
Workshop and tutorials chairs: Claudia d’Amato, Krysztof Janowicz
Demo and poster chairs: Mathieu d’Aquin, Andriy Nikolov
Doctoral consortium chairs: Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles, Nathalie Hernandez
Sponsor chair: Christian Bizer

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