ASIS&T Social Computing Summit


About the Summit                                                                                                

The First Annual ASIS&T Social Computing Summit will bring together researchers and practitioners of social computing for two days of discussion and exploration in Miami, Florida. The event will directly precede the 2008 Information Architecture Summit, providing attendees a complimentary opportunity to learn about and discuss emergent areas of social computing and software. The Social Computing Summit will feature keynote addresses from Dr. Nancy Baym, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, and Thomas Vander Wal, principal consultant at InfoCloud Solutions.

Social software and computing drives Web 2.0 technology, enabling global connections and providing rich social experiences. Social networking services challenge established notions of privacy, identity and relationship management. Beyond the browser, mobile devices promise new forms of ubiquitous connectivity and presence, offering unprecedented research and business opportunities. To understand the successful applications of tomorrow, we come together today to share research and insight. This summit aims to bring together thought leaders, developers, and scholars working in this rapidly changing area, facilitating the conversations required for tomorrow’s innovations.

Complementing the keynote addresses will be panels exploring the following topical areas: Social networking services, data portability/open social networks, mobile services, social computing and politics, global voices, social computing and the enterprise, and youth social computing. The summit will feature interactive sessions, as well as a poster session for sharing information about services and recent research. In bringing together a blend of experts from different disciplines, as well as enabling conversation, the ASIS&T Social Computing Summit offers something for everyone interested in this fascinating, fast-changing space.

Preliminary Speaker Lineup

Nancy Baym, University of Kansas
Thomas Vander Wal
, InfoCloud Solutions
Nicole Ellison, Michigan State University
Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Blue State Digital
Alex Hunsucker,
Jevon MacDonald,
Mary Madden, Pew Internet and American Life Project
Robin Miller, Slashdot
Brian Oberkirch
Terrell Russell
, UNC-Chapel Hill
Micah Sifry, Personal Democracy Forum
Ramesh Srinivansan, UCLA
Fred Stutzman, UNC-Chapel Hill
Sarita Yardi, Georgia Tech

Many more speakers to be announced as they confirm!

Call For Posters

The program committee invites submission of posters to be showcased at the 2008 ASIS&T Social Computing Summit. To be considered, authors should submit a 500-800 word poster abstract by Friday, February 29, 2008. Notification will be made on a rolling basis, with final notifications by Monday, March 10, 2008. Send submissions in PDF, DOC or TXT format to

Preliminary Schedule

Day 1, Thursday April 10
8:30-9:30 Opening Keynote
9:30-10:00 Break
10:00-11:15 Social Networking Services (moderated by Fred Stutzman)
11:15-12:30 Youth (moderated by Mary Madden)
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:15 Portable Social Networks (moderated by Brian Oberkirch)
3:15-4:00 Break 
4:00-5:15 Posters and Interactive Session
Day 2, Friday April 11
8:30-9:30 Opening Keynote
9:30-10:00 Break
10:00-11:15 Enterprise (moderated by Jevon MacDonald)
11:15-12:30 Politics (moderated by Micah Sifry)
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:15 Global Voices (moderated by Ramesh Srinivansan)
3:15-4:00 Closing interactive session 

Registration Information

Before 2/29/08 After 2/29/08
ASIS&T Members: $300 ASIS&T Members: $350
Student Members: $195 Student Members: $245
Nonmembers: $450 Nonmembers: $500
Nonmember Students: $245 Nonmember Students: $295