Earlier this summer, in June, I participated in the IADIS conference on Web Based Communities, part of the IADIS Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems 2009. The conference was held in Algarve, Portugal. I presented a paper titled “The Use of an Online Health Community on Overweight: A Member Perspective”. I was also committee member of the IADIS conference on e-Health, a conference that took place in parallel with the one on Web Based Communities.
The conference was truly a nice experience. It was inspiring to meet so many people interested in the development of online communities. Social aspects, issues of trust, learning, services and health were elaborated on during the days of the conference. One evening was also dedicated for some local culture events.