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Geschrieben von: Michael Koch
7. June 2010

Digital Social Networks – Perspectives Workshop und Manifest

Ende Januar 2010 hatte ich die Freude an einem mehrtägigen “Perspectives Workshop: Digital Social Networks in Schloss Dagstuhl teilzunehmen.

Ziel des Workshops war es in einem interdisziplinären Kreis zu klären, was die (Forschungs-)Relevanz dieses Themas ist, was wichtige Forschungsfragen für die Zukunft darstellen und was wir verschiedenen Förderinstitutionen zur Entwicklung/Förderung des Bereichs vorschlagen würden.

Die vielen spannenden Diskussionen sind inzwischen in einem “Dagstuhl Manifesto – Digital Social Media” zusammen getragen worden – Eine PDF-Version des Manifests ist auf der Websites des Schloss Dagstuhl verfügbar.

This manifesto explains and stresses the importance of “digital social media”, “social software” and “social computing”. In particular, it makes the claim that we need a better understanding of how this mix of enabling technology, social behaviour and market practises is challenging our socio-economical and political systems, and puts forward an action plan for the areas of education, fundamental research and applied research, to address these challenges.

The goal of this manifesto is to raise awareness for digital social media and to stress the need for research, research funding, and education in a field so far underrepresented in public research funding programmes and in education. This manifesto does not cover all aspects of digital social media, or provide a comprehensive treatment of their socio economical impact. Such issues are beyond the scope of this manifesto.

This manifesto is an outcome of a Perspective Workshop held from the 25th to 29th of January 2010 at the research centre Schloss Dagstuhl. The workshop brought together scientists and practitioners from academia and industry, across the fields of social sci- ences and computer science.

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