Stay tuned: Social Network/ing Week @ the University of Toronto

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This week, I will be attending the Social Network/ing Week @ the University of Toronto, held from October 30th – November 2nd, 2007.

According to renown network researcher and chair of the Social Network/ing Symposium, Barry Wellman:

Social Network/ing Week is a forum to facilitate knowledge transfer and interdisciplinary collaboration between research and industry/government participants. This event, which promises to be the first of many, includes research presentations from the Faculties of Arts and Science (sociology, computer science, physics, political science), Rotman School of Management, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Knowledge Media Design Institute.

Given my schedule, I can only attend one day, that’s Thursday, Nov 1st. As usual, I’ll be bringing my sousveillance backpack, and since an EVDO mobile connection might get too expensive in Canada, I’ll be relying on in-house wifi for narrowcasting events live via my blog. In other words, I can’t guarantee anything, but I’ll try to set it up. Clarification: I left an important part out of what I said here… I will provide the video feed only if I get permission from the conference organizers and speakers to do so. Please understand that this idea was last minute, thus I will only know when I ask at the event itself.

BTW: I believe UofT’s Rare Books Library may be orgasm-inducing for some friends.

See the entire Event Program or click more below to see what I’ll be attending on Thursday:

Location: OISE/UofT, 252 Bloor St. West, Rm 2212 (See Google Map)

Thursday, Nov 1st, 2007
9:00-9:15 “When Social Networks Meet Computer Networks” by Barry Wellman, S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology; NetLab Director; Symposium Chair, UofT

9:15- 10:10 Keynote Presentation: “Social Networks and Internet Use: The Growth of Privatism in the Public and Parochial Realms?” by Keith Hampton, Assistant Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

10:10-10:30: Break

Session 1 : Relationships & Web 2.0

Chair: Alan Bernardi, General Manager, Bell University Labs, Bell Canada

10:30- 10:55 “When competence is irrelevant: Psychological foundations of task-related relationships” Tiziana Casciaro, Assistant Professor, Rotman School of Management, UofT

10:55-11:20 “Modeling and Analysis of Peer-to-Peer Computer Networks: An Approach based on Social Networking” Peter Marbach, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, UofT

11:20-11:45 “Information Communication and Exchange Technologies: A Comparison of Rural and Urban Internet Use” Bernie Hogan, Research Director, NetLab, UofT

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11:45-1:30 LUNCH

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1:15-1:40 Chair: Gale Moore, Director, KMDI, UofT

1:40-2:05 “The Networked Household” Tracy Kennedy, Research Director, NetLab, UofT

2:05-2:30 “Understanding Wireless Service Consumption in a Social Network Framework” Mengze Shi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, UofT

2:30- 2:50 Break

Session 2: Collaboration and Communications

Chair: Olav Sorenson, Rotman School of Management, UofT

2:50-3:15 “The Role of Social Capital in Collaborative Research” Dimitrina Dimitrova, Director, Network Mapping Project and Donald Brookes, Managing Director, Canadian Water Network.

3:15-3:40 “Internet Use and Glocalized Networks in Chinese Ethnic Businesses” Wenhong Chen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Duke University

3:40- 4:05 “Restructuring Research: Communication Costs and the Democratization of University Innovation”

Avi Goldfarb, Assistant Professor, Rotman School of Management, UofT

4:05-4:25 “Increasing Shared Understanding in Software Teams through Informal Knowledge Transfer Networks” Steve Easterbrook, Professor, Department of Computer Science, UofT

1:30 Chair: Gale Moore, Director, KMDI, UofT

1:40-2:05 “The Networked Household” Tracy Kennedy, Research Director, NetLab, UofT

2:05-2:30 “Understanding Wireless Service Consumption in a Social Network Framework” Mengze Shi, Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management, UofT

2:30- 2:50: Break

Session 2: Collaboration and Communications

Chair: Olav Sorenson, Rotman School of Management, UofT

2:50-3:15 “The Role of Social Capital in Collaborative Research” Dimitrina Dimitrova, Director, Network Mapping Project and Donald Brookes, Managing Director, Canadian Water Network. (Click here for Presentation Abstract)

3:15-3:40 “Internet Use and Glocalized Networks in Chinese Ethnic Businesses” Wenhong Chen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Duke University

3:40- 4:05 “Restructuring Research: Communication Costs and the Democratization of University Innovation” Avi Goldfarb, Assistant Professor, Rotman School of Management, UofT

4:05-4:25 “Increasing Shared Understanding in Software Teams through Informal Knowledge Transfer Networks” Steve Easterbrook, Professor, Department of Computer Science, UofT

5:30-6:45 Reception for S.D. Clark Lecture, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place

7:00-9:00 S.D. Clark Lecture: “The Long Hand of Social Capital.” Nan Lin, Oscar L. Tang Family Professor of Sociology, Duke University