Chair's Column

by Symeon (Akis) Papadopoulos, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the third Issue of the 2014 STCSN E-Letter volume, which is dedicated to the emerging topic of social requirements engineering and more specifically to the Requirements Bazaar project. This topic falls on the intersection of two major areas: Software Engineering and Social Networking, and is a good example of the transformational impact that Social Networking technologies have on a wide range of disciplines. 

We continue to work on our plan to turn the STCSN E-Letter into a reliable and rapid communication channel for research developments in the area of Social Networking. Our community continues to grow (currently more than 500 members are reached by the different channels of STCSN) and hence the regular STCSN e-letter is expected to attract an increasing audience of various backgrounds (not strictly academic). Moreover, it is publicly accessible and the articles are citable. This makes it suitable for publishing articles on recent and emerging topics in the area of Social Networking.  

As a reminder, we welcome two types of contributions:
  • Special Issues dedicated to a thematic area of Social Networking. A common example case for such E-Letters includes those focusing on ongoing research projects (such as the E-Letters on ROBUSTSocialSensorBRIDGE and VCONECT). In that case, we expect the Special Issue proposer to act as a Guest Editor in collaboration with the chair of the E-Letter Board, Rene Kaiser, and to ensure a sufficient number of contributions (at least four) that will make up the Special Issue. Note that it is not necessary for a Special Issue to be connected to a research project. It can also be related to an emerging research topic.
  • Stand-alone articles. We are open to individual contributions discussing recent or new research results or offering short surveys on emerging areas of Social Networking. In addition, we are open to papers discussing previously published research of the authors under a fresh perspective.
All contributions are peer-reviewed to ensure high standards of presentation quality and technical soundness.
If interested, feel free to get in touch with Rene Kaiser and myself to discuss in further detail the scope and format of the articles, and other details of the editorial process. 

Apart from e-letter contributions, we always welcome participation and contributions to different roles within the STCSN. If interested, please get in touch!