Call for Chapters: Techno-Social Systems for Modern Economical and Governmental Infrastructures


Alexander Troussov and Sergey Maruev (The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: September 10, 2017
Full Chapters Due: October 9, 2017
Submission Date: November 5, 2017


Nowadays, most of the digital content is generated within public and enterprise techno-social systems like Facebook, Twitter, blogs, wiki systems, and other web-based collaboration and hosting tools, office suites, and project management tools. Enterprises use software tools for social collaboration and team collaboration, such as Microsoft SharePoint, IBM Lotus Notes and others. These applications have transformed the collaboration environment from a mere document collection into a highly interconnected social space, where documents are actively exchanged, filtered, organized, discussed and edited collaboratively. In techno-social systems infrastructures are composed of many layers (such as Internet communication protocols, markup languages, metadata models, knowledge representation languages which have spanned over two decades) and interoperate within a social and organizational context that drives their everyday use and development. Proprietary data bases, such as customs records, contrary to the log-files of techno-social systems, frequently have data about the collaboration which happens between actors outside of the systems. By extension, we can apply the term techno-social systems to both types of data. Such generalisation simplifies knowledge transfer between different domains and types of applications.

In these techno-social systems “everything is deeply intertwingled” using the term coined by the pioneer of information technologies Ted Nelson: people are connected to other people and to “non-human agents” such as documents, datasets, analytic tools and concepts. These networks become increasingly multidimensional, providing rich context for understanding the role of particular nodes that represent both people and abstract concepts.

Techno-social systems bear most of the general characteristics of Big Data; for instance, in these systems, it is frequently easier to predict agents’ actions than to explain them. Mining of techno-social systems constitutes a new distinctive branch of Business Information Systems.


This book covers theoretical and practical aspects of mining techno-social systems which have potential for the creation of scalable methods and applications for business, governance and economics. Typically, off-the-shelf business intelligence tools do not meet the needs of clients who want to derive custom insights from their data. Medium-to-large organizations with access to strong technical talent usually prefer to build custom, in-house solutions. This book is a do-it-your-yourself guide for building in-house solutions.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in various applications domains in different roles. Executives and managers might get better vision about coupling with the Big data revolution; researchers and developers will get an overview of state of the art methods in mining Big data; scholars can use this book as a guide to study skills needed to get a research position in industry.

Recommended Topics

Techno-social systems and their use in business, economy and governance:
Empirical sociology
Geographical and Internet demography
Mining of large volumes of governance-based records and other tabular data
Models and formal methods of analysis
Natural Language Engineering
Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning
Neural network frameworks
Network models, network science
Foundations of network science
Survey of artificial neural networks applications for non-sensor data processing
Recommender and advertising systems, data navigation

Engineering and epistemological approaches in Big data:
Semantic Web, Social Web
Big data engineering aspects
In-field case studies, applications
Health care and environmental applications
Internet sociology and demographics
The use of social media to fight crimes (including narcotrafficking, internal and external banking fraud)
Models of corruption

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 10, 2017, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by September 15 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by October 9, 2017, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Techno-Social Systems for Modern Economical and Governmental Infrastructures. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Important Dates

September 10, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline
September 15, 2017: Notification of Acceptance
October 9, 2017: Full Chapter Submission
October 22, 2017: Review Results Returned
October 29, 2017: Final Acceptance Notification
November 5, 2017: Final Chapter Submission


Alexander Troussov,
The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration,