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Andrew Warr <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 9 Oct 2007 08:29:11 -0700
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Apologies for cross-postings.

Second Workshop on Distributed Participatory Design
             --- in conjunction with CHI 2008 ---
               --- April 6th, Florence, Italy ---


Participatory Design (PD) is a technique that promotes the direct
participation of stakeholders (especially end-users) in system
analysis and design.  It is believed that such direct participation
can lead to more useful and usable systems.  In order to facilitate PD
a number of techniques, such as PICTIVE and CARD, and tools, such as
GABBEH and PSPD, to name just a few examples have been developed.
However, a limitation of such techniques and tools is that they are
primarily focused on project stakeholders being colocated, whereas
today there is a growing trend towards distributed software
development.  Therefore, this workshop is aimed at researchers and
practitioners with an interest to overcome the challenges of
performing PD in distributed design teams, namely Distributed
Participatory Design (DPD).

This one-day workshop hosted at CHI 2008 ( aims to
explore the challenges and solutions of DPD. We are particularly
interested in hearing about successes and failures of processes and
tools used in DPD. Thus, the workshop will address, but is not limited
to, the following questions:

What are the challenges performing DPD?
How can we effectively support DPD?

Before the workshop:

Both researchers and practitioners with an interest in DPD are invited
to submit a 2 to 4 page position paper presenting experiences from a
DPD case study. We provide a template available at

Important dates:
Deadline for paper submissions: NOVEMBER 1ST 2007, 5:00PM (PDT).
Submissions should be e-mailed to: [log in to unmask]
Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on November 28th 2007.

Upon acceptance, small groups of participants, based on interests,
will be asked to collaboratively work together on a presentation. This
presentation will be presented by the groups at the workshop.

During the workshop:

During the first part of the day, the pre-workshop presentations will
be presented, followed by discussions and elicitations of themes. The
second part of the day is dedicated to group work, resulting in a
poster to be presented at the CHI 2008 conference.

After the workshop:

After the workshop the website will continue to act as a resource for
those interested in DPD. We have also agreed with the editors of the
British HCI Group's Interfaces magazine an article to disseminate an
overview of the workshop's activities and its outcomes to the wider
CHI community.  Furthermore, we are currently in talks with the
editors of the Interacting with Computers journal to run a special
issue on DPD

For more information:

Please visit and

All the best,

The DPD Workshop Committee - Karin Danielsson, Amir Naghsh, Dorina
Gumm and Andrew Warr

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