The comprehensive and profound impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on Society is a very known fact. In turn, private, public and academic organizations are generating new requirements and demands that must be addressed by ICT. Demand-Pull and Technological-Push are interacting with each other through cybernetic loops. Society and ICT are co-regulating each other via negative Feedback Loops and synergistically co-evolving via positive feedback loops. On the other hands, ICT is increasingly supporting synergistic relationships among three important societal domain: the private, the public and the academic sector. The known universities- industries-governments Triple Helix Model support the conception, design and implementation of ICT-Driven Triple Helix Innovations.
The purpose of the Organizing Committee of the Special Track on Society and Information Technologies (stSIT 2013) is to support and accelerate the cybernetic loops between Society and ICT and to help in the creation of relationships among different societal sectors, by means of bringing together researchers, professionals, practitioners and decision-makers from the Academic, Private and Public Sectors to share their findings, experience and knowledge with regards to the applications and impact of ICT.
ICT Applications originally created and implemented in a societal sector showed to be also useful and effective in another sectors. Analogical thinking and interdisciplinary approaches have supported the re-conception and re-design of an ICT application that showed to be effective and useful in one domain to another societal domain. The conception of Science 2:0 for example has been done by means of analogical thinking applied to the concept of Web 2:0, and the spread socio-technical systems, as it is the case of MySpace, Facebook, Wikipedia, flickr, YouTube, etc.
“MySpace and Facebook [for example] encourage casual social networks, but they may soon play more serious roles in facilitating emergency/disaster response.” (Sheiderman, Science 2.0, in Science Vol. 319 7 March 2008). “Science 2.0 – affirm Shneiderman - will be especially important to meet the design challenges in secure voting, global environmental protection, energy sustainability, and international development among many others. Conceiving Science 2:0 is an example of the ways how ICT-Driven Triple-Helix innovations can be used to generate Triple-Helix Synergy and Society-ICT cybernetic loops.
2013 Organizing Committee hopes to contribute to the catalytic process required for the generation of ICT-Driven Triple Helix Innovations, the generation of Triple Helix Synergy and the formation of co-regulative and co-evolutionary cybernetic loops between Society and the ICT.
Organizational, Reviewing, and Selection of Best Papers Policies
All Submitted papers/abstracts will go through three reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and (3) participative peer reviews. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those papers/abstracts that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal. Details regarding this subject can be found at http://www.iiis.org/iiis/MMRPfMDC.asp Details regarding the Acceptance Policy can be found at http://www.iiis.org/iiis/acceptancepolicy.asp.
Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.
Submissions for Face-to-Face or for Virtual Participation are both accepted. Both kinds of submissions will have the same reviewing process and the accepted papers will be included in the same proceedings.
A conference book (program and abstracts) will be distributed at the conference. Conference proceedings will not be distributed, but 1) full versions of the papers in PDF format will be available via Web, 2) conference proceedings will be posted at the web so registered participants will be able to access them and print hard copies of them.
Pre-Conference and Post-conference Virtual sessions (via asynchronous communication: group blogs and forums) will be held for each session included in the conference program, so that sessions papers can be read before the conference, and authors presenting at the same session can interact during one week before and after the conference. Authors can also participate in peer-to-peer reviewing in virtual sessions.
Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the event (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.