Web-based Communities and Social Media 2013

Prague, Czech Republic; 24-26 June, 2013

Submission Deadline (2nd call): 1 May 2013

Social Media are growing rapidly and play an increasingly important role in the development of Online Communities. Web based communities announce themselves both in your professional and private life through several new media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Plaxo, etc. Social media allow dynamic roles in participation, virtual presence and online communities. These new ways to communicate via online social media are having great societal effects and are motivating the creation of best practices to help individuals, corporations and authorities to make the best of it. Aware of the growing impact of social media and the influence of web based communities in today's users/consumers behaviour, many organisations spend an increasing share of their budget in online social marketing strategies. 

The mission of this conference is to publish and integrate scientific results and act catalytically to the fast developing culture of web communities, while helping to disseminate and understand the latest developments social media and their impact.

The conference is part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems (MCCSIS 2013). Registered participants in the Web Based Communities and Social Media 2013 conference may attend the other conferences part of MCCSIS 2013 free of charge.

Keynote Speaker (confirmed):

Valeri Souchkov, ICG Training & Consulting Enschede, The Netherlands

Format of the Conference 

The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. 

The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line).

The conference proceedings will be submitted for indexing to INSPEC, EI Compendex, Thomson ISI, ISTP and other indexing services.

Best Papers

Selected authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to selected journals (i.e. IADIS International Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems (IJCSIS - ISSN: 1646-3692) 

including journals from INDERSCIENCE Publishers and the "International Journal of Web Based Communities" (IJWBC); ISSN: 1477 - 8394 [4 issues per year].

Types of submissions 

Full papers, Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

Topics related to Web Based Communities are of interest.

These include, but are not limited to the following areas and topics: 

The history, architecture and future of virtual communities

  • From Mobility to Connectivity
  • Strategic Investment in Social Networks
  • Identity and Augmented Ideologies
  • Visionary Web Architectures, Implanted Computers
  • Network Revolutions, Post-Colonial and Post-Modern Societies
  • Escaping from Reality, Virtual Reality and Multi-User Games
  • Towards Alternative Ways of Presence

Group processes and self-organization

  • Tele-Democracy, Morality, Netiquette  
  • Social Networks, Tribal and Open Communities, Peace Education 
  • Computer Mediated, Hyper and Narrative Communication, Woven Stories 
  • MUDs, MOOs and Avatars 
  • Hosting Web-Based Communities 
  • Nationalities, Ethnicities and Gender Effects 

Cyborgs, teleworking, telemedicine, art games and learning communities

  • Fading Hierarchies and Epistemic Dictatorship 
  • Distributed Cognition, the Electronic Cortex and Constructivism 
  • Community Directories 
  • Mechanic World, Organic Computer 
  • Agents and the Virtual Self 
  • Beyond Metaphors: Imagining and Representation 
  • Communizing as a Marketing Approach 

Expanding markets through virtual communities

  • The WWW as Digital Market Place 
  • The Enterprise as a Learning Community 
  • The Learning as a Road Map for Business 
  • Universities as Online Communities 
  • Business-to-Business Communication in Profit and non Profit Sectors 

Virtual communities for people with special needs

  •  Access to Public Spaces 
  •  Accessibility and Long-Term Disabilities 
  • Virtual Communities in Health Care

Social Media

  • Monitoring Trends in Social Media
  • After Facebook, Myspace and LinkedIn? 
  • Effects of Web Experience on Consumer Choice
  • Profiles of Social Networking Sites
  • Adoption of Social Networking
  • Connecting Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Social Media for B2B Marketing
  • Multicultural Organizations 
  • Social Networking at Work
  • Social Media, Trust, Reputation and Public Opinion

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline (2nd call): 1 May 2013
  • Notification to Authors (2nd call): 29 May 2013
  • Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration (2nd call): until 17 June 2013
  • Late Registration (2nd call): after 17 June 2013
  • Conference: Prague, Czech Republic, 24 - 26 July 2013

Conference Location 

The conference will be held in Prague, Czech Republic.



Rua Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, 100, 3 

1050-209 Lisbon, Portugal 


Web site:

Program Committee 

Web Based Communities and Social Media 2013 Conference Program Co-Chairs:

  • Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal

MCCSIS 2013 General Conference Co-Chairs:

  • Piet Kommers, University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Pedro Isaías, Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University), Portugal
  • Eva Kasparova, University of Economics, Faculty of Business Administration, Prague, Czech Republic

Committee Members: 

For committee list please refer to