Collective Intelligence as Community Discourse and Action

A Workshop @ CSCW2012 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
February 11–15, 2012
Seattle, Washington

11th February 2012 – Seattle, Washington


Workshop Programme Now Online

You can now download the workshop programme and the list of workshop papers Authors and Affiliations.

Workshop Proceedings Now Online

The workshop Proceedings can be downloaded here as a unique PDF or you can download the papers singularly at the following page.

Workshop Overview

Humanity now finds itself faced with a range of highly complex problems – such as climate change, the spread of disease, international security, scientific collaborations, product development, and so on – that call upon us to harvest the collective intelligence of large numbers of globally distributed experts and stakeholders.
Collective Intelligence (CI) research investigates the design of infrastructures to enable collectives to think and act intelligently, and intriguingly, more intelligently than individuals. Technologies such as idea management or argumentation tools, blogs, wikis, chats, forums, Q&A sites, and social networks provide unprecedented opportunities for entire communities or organizations to express a discourse and act at a massive scale, but very little is known on:

  • When does effective discourse help a collective outperform individuals?
  • What functions should the next generation of social platforms support?
  • How can we allow communities to efficiently manage many diverse ideas, argument, and deliberate?
  • What patterns in discourse and action can be modelled computationally?


This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss and understand the forms of CI that can be constructed through discourse and action, which enables advanced forms of collective sensemaking such as idea generation and prioritization, argumentation, and deliberation.
We invite contributions covering topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Collective Intelligence
  • Community Ideation and Idea management Systems
  • Argumentation
  • Online Deliberation
  • Online Discourse technologies – such as email, blogs, wikis, chats, web forums, Q&A sites, peer-rated news aggregators, social networks, ideation and argumentation tools

To know more about the topics of interest please visit the Themes page.


We welcome submissions in the form of Research Papers, Position Papers and Demos which explore the relationship and interplay of Collective Intelligence and Online Discourse, and relates to the research themes described above.
All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and judged on originality, technical correctness, relevance, and quality of presentation by the Organizing Committee.
Should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors must attend the workshop to present the work.
Submission guidelines can be found at the Submission page.


Dr. Anna De Liddo, The Open University
Dr. Simon Buckingham Shum, The Open University
Dr. Gregorio Convertino, (Dual affiliation) Xerox Research Centre Europe and PARC
Dr. Ágnes Sándor, Xerox Research Centre Europe
Dr. Mark Klein, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

To know more about the organizers please visit the Organizers page.

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