A workshop on digital technology to support social innovation: call for papers

INSCI, the International Conference on Internet Science, is one of the main research events about CAPS, and last year we presented a paper at the INSCI2016 edition in Florence:

The international conference on Internet Science aims at progressing and investigating on topics of high relevance with Internet’s impact on society, governance, and innovation. It focuses on the contribution and role of Internet science on the current and future multidisciplinary understanding of societies transformations, governance shifts and innovation quests. Its main objective is to allow an open and productive dialogue between all the disciplines which study the Internet as a socio-technical system under any technological or humanistic perspectives.

The edition of this year will be the 4th International Conference on Internet Science (22-24 November, 2017) in Thessaloniki, (Greece), and beside submitting papers, we are also organising one of its workshops called DSI – Workshop on Digital Technology to Support Social Innovation. The workshop is organized by SINTEF, Cibervoluntarios, Farapi, Politecnico di Milano, TNO, IAAC | Fab City Research Lab (I’m one of the organizers) and supported by the CAPS projects SOCRATIC, MAKE-IT and OPEN4CITIZENS.

The advent of the Web 2.0 enabled the growth of user-generated content, virtual communities and new forms of collaboration over the internet. Since then, multiple platforms, such as the CAPS platforms , have emerged tapping into collective knowledge for fostering awareness, collaboration and innovation.

The aim of this workshop is to collect the lessons learned from different platforms and settings, and understand the requirements and challenges for building and using digital platforms to effectively engage broad participation in the social innovation process. The workshop offers a forum to reflect on the result of experiments, pilots and tests of such platforms in order to pave the way forward for digital social innovation in the Next Generation Internet. Our intended output is a concrete set of findings, important research questions and digital social innovation opportunities.

We welcome researchers, companies and policy makers to submit theirs articles or simply join us for the round-table discussion about the future of Digital Social Innovation.

For this workshop, we will be accepting scientific contributions around the thematics of digital technology to support social innovation from design to practice. We will be accepting papers ranging from 6-14 pages covering original research findings. Accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings (Springer LNCS), presented at the workshop and serve as a basis for a round-table discussion.

We will be accepting papers covering research findings on the following (but not limited to) topics:

  • Digital innovation methodologies
  • User requirements and psychological aspects regarding ICT-enabled innovation platforms
  • Design of digital collaborative platforms for innovation
  • Digital collaborative platforms for innovation
  • Pilots and Experiments of Collaborative Ideation, Innovation and Production
  • Community building strategies for outreaching and motivating users in digital collaborative platforms
  • Open democracy, participation and policy making
  • Case explorations of digital social innovation in different settings

All submissions must be based on original scientific contribution and must not simultaneously be submitted to another journal or conference. Papers should be formatted according to Springer’s LNCS Proceedings template. Papers should be 6-14 pages and will be peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. They must be submitted via Easychair through the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dsi2017

Submission deadline: September 8

Acceptance notification: October 13

More information here.

We look forward to receiving your papers!

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