[Humanist] 24.535 call for chapters: social software

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 535.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 09:28:04 -0400 (AST)
        From: Dr Tatjana Takseva <Tatjana.Takseva at SMU.CA>
        Subject: Call for Chapter Proposals--Social Software and the Evolution of User Expertise

Proposal Submission Deadline December 31, 2010

Social Software and the Evolution of User Expertise: FutureTrends
in Knowledge Creation and Dissemination

A book edited by Dr. Tatjana Takseva
Saint Mary's University, Canada

To be published by IGI Global: http://www.igi-global.com


The term Web 2.0 technologies, also known as `social software' or `open
source software' was introduced in 2004 to refer to a second generation of
Internet technologies and a new generation of Web applications providing an
infrastructure for more dynamic user participation, social interaction and
collaboration. Among their applications are Wikis, blogs, MySpace, Twitter,
Facebook, Flickr, Odeo, Google Video, Google Docs, You Tube, and other
communication tools such as social bookmarking, peer-to-peer social
networking, instant messaging, podcasting, etc.

Thanks to the applications of this software, a variety of facts and content
previously in the possession of experts traditionally seen as the only
legitimate sources of knowledge, can be created, accessed and shared almost
instantly by any user with an Internet connection. The new forms of
collective intelligence powered by the digital media invite redefinition of
expertise traditionally defined as mastery of facts and content of a certain
subject. They encourage collaboration, ongoing revision, interdisciplinarity
and a new understanding of knowledge as a process of inquiry, rather than
simply its product.

What definitions of expertise are becoming obsolete, how is expertise
defined in this new environment, and what new forms of expertise are
emerging shaped by digital media are the guiding inquiries of this
collection. This will be the first scholarly volume to systematically
examine the impact of social software and its applications on long-standing
cultural notions of and attitudes toward knowledge, experts and expertise.

Objectives of the Book

This book will aim to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest
interdisciplinary research findings in the area. It will examine the ways in
which social software applications are changing the nature of expertise and
knowledge creation and dissemination in various social and cultural
contexts, and it will propose a redefinition of expertise and knowledge
consonant with recent technological developments. The collection will serve
as a reference tool and a resource for researchers, educators, students,
academic administrators and other professionals whose work is influenced by
social software applications.

Target Audience

Because of its nature and subject matter the audience for this collection is
wide. It will be composed of professionals/experts in most areas, as the
phenomena it deals with have impact on expertise in general. More
specifically, its audience will be professionals and researchers concerned
with the impact of the digital media on the public sector, economics, social
work, secondary and higher education, science, humanities, social sciences,
scholarship in academic institutions.

Recommended topics include but are not limited to the following:* Experts/expertise and the `mass amateurization' of knowledge--conceptual
* Social software applications and knowledge creation/dissemination--
conceptual framework
* Social software applications and the redefinition of expertise in any of
the following areas:

-social sciences
-social work
-higher education
-library and information science
-policy making

Submission Procedure

Proposals for chapters (250 -300 words) are being accepted by December 31,
2010. The proposals should clearly explain the objectives of the chapter and
the approach used. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January
15, 2011, and sent chapter guidelines. The deadline for full chapter
submission is June 30th, 2011. All chapters will be reviewed on a
double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be asked to serve as
reviewers for this project.

Editorial Advisory Board Members (in alphabetic order):William Badke, Trinity Western University, CA
Dr. Tatyana Dumova, Point Park University, USA
Dr. John Girard, Minot State University, USA
Dr. Stylianos Hatzipanagos, King's College London, UK
Dr. Niki Lambropoulos, South Bank University, UK
Dr. Kirk St. Amant, East Carolina University, USA
Dr. Karl Stolley, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.)
publisher of the "Information Science Reference: (formerly Idea Group
Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference" and "IGI Publishing"
Imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit
www.igi-global.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2012.

Important Dates:

December 31, 2010   Proposal Submission Deadline
January, 15, 2011     Notification of Acceptance
June 30, 2011             Full Chapter Submission Deadline
August 30, 2011        Review Results Returned
November 1, 2011    Revised Chapter Submission
December 31, 2011   Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded to:  Tatjana.Takseva at SMU.ca

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