[SECOND CALL] Call for Chapter Proposals--Social Software and the Evolution of User Expertise, December 31, 2010

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Tatjana Takseva, Saint Mary's University
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Proposal Submission Deadline December 31, 2010

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

A book edited by Dr. Tatjana Takševa
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 framework
• 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
-newspaper publishing

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@SMU.ca