Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS)

For a number of years I have been involved with organizing two mInitracks  at HICSS: Social Networking and Community, and Social Networking and Community.

For HICSS-51 (January 2018), organizers of these minitracks were:

  • Social Networking and Community: Karine Nahon <karine@ekarine.org> and Dan Suthers <suthers@hawaii.edu>
  • Social Networking and Community: Dan Suthers <suthers@hawaii.edu> and Maarten de Laat <maarten_de_laat@uow.edu.au>


HICSS-50: January 4-7, 2017 | Hilton Waikoloa Village

  • Social Networking and Community (14 papers submitted)
  • Learning within Digital and Social Media (11 papers submitted)

HICSS-49, January 5-8, 2016  Grand Hyatt, Kauai, HI

Acceptance rate for these minitracks at HICSS 49 were:
Social Networking and Community: 35% (9 papers from 26 submissions)
Social Media and Learning: 44% (4 papers from 9 submissions)

HICSS 48, January 5-8, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Kauai, HI

Acceptance rates for these minitracks at HICSS 48 were:
Social Networking and Communities: 31% (8 papers from 26 submissions)
Social Media and Learning minitrack: 41% (5 papers from 12 submissions)

The Minitracks

Social Networking and Community in the Digital and Social Media Track.

  • Ongoing since 2003, this minitrack has primarily been organized by Karine Nahon & Caroline Haythornthwaite. It has run under various names, and with several additional co-chairs (including Anatoliy Gruzd in 2014, 2015, Dan Suthers 2018).
  • The minitrack calls for papers that address social networks and communities supported and/or complemented by social media for work, learning, socializing, economic and/or political processes, and/or that address theory, design, practices, use or evaluation of such social media use. We encourage papers that address communities in a broad sense of its use, including communities of practice, epistemic communities, or communities of inquiry; as well as fully virtual communities, and social media use that supports or complements geographically based community. We particularly encourage papers that: advance our understanding of social network growth, formation, structure and outcomes through social media; advance out understanding of the design of social media technologies and practices for effective community development and maintenance; studies of socio- technical aspects of social media use that explore how the technology relates to social outcomes; theoretical studies that explore models and principles of social media design, use and outcomes. For 2017, we aim to give space to more exploratory and theoretical papers than in the past..

Learning within Digital and Social Media in the Digital and Social Media Track.

  • In its 7th year in 2018, this minitrack has been primarily organized by Dan Suthers, Caroline Haythornthwaite, and Maarten de Laat. It was named Learning Analytics and Networked Learning in 2012, 2013 with co-chair Shane Dawson; and Social Media & Learning in 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • The minitrack calls for papers on how human learning takes place via interactive and social processes enabled or supported by digital and social media. We seek to bridge disciplines and research communities between system and learning sciences, so within this scope a broad range of research questions, learning settings, and theoretical and methodological traditions will be considered. Contributions may include new design approaches, theoretical perspectives, learning analytic techniques, policy implications and/or other research results relating to the relationship between digital and social media and learning. Studies may be situated in formal or informal learning settings, and we particularly encourage studies of learning “in the technological wild”.