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Fri, 12 May 2006 20:53:07 +0200
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Call for Contributions


A Multimedia Resource for HCI Professionals and Teachers 

Now in its fourth year of publication, User-Centered Design Works ("UCD
Works") has become an established resource of theory, case studies and
success stories of user-centered design and usability. The publication
helps HCI professionals to create or improve the appreciation of
user-centered design, user experience, usability engineering and testing
within their own or their client's organization. It has also proven to
be a valuable resource for HCI researchers and teachers of HCI courses
in universities and colleges.

The publication and maintenance of UCD Works is supported by the
"Innovation-Oriented Program on Human-Machine Interaction", an
initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs that aims at
strengthening UCD in industry by funding knowledge development (through
academic research) and dissemination.


UCD Works covers the following topics:

- Theory of product design, product improvement, UCD versus marketing,
and the role of the user in requirements analysis and product

- Principles and benefits of UCD.

- Case studies and success stories illustrating the value (including the
return on investment) of UCD in the design of software applications, web
sites, professional systems and consumer products.

- HCI resources: an overview of relevant journals, societies, web sites
and conferences.

The first edition of UCD Works was published as a CD in 2002 and has
since been put to use by more than 1500 HCI professionals and teachers.
We are currently preparing the 2006 edition, with a larger collection of
cases and success stories, to be published on a dedicated UCD Works
website. A beta version of the new site will be unveiled at the CHI 2006
conference in Montreal, Canada, April 24-27.


Submit your success story!

We are inviting HCI professionals, in particular those working in
commercial companies, consultancy and design firms, to submit cases for
inclusion in UCD Works. Having your case included in UCD Works not only
allows you to make a valuable contribution to your own profession, it
also generates international exposure for your company and its

In order to have your case considered for inclusion in UCD Works, please
send an abstract by email to Lucas Noldus ([log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ) according to the following guidelines:

- Provide the following information: situation prior to project,
intended users of product or service, UCD approach applied, methods and
techniques used, final product, test procedure, benefits, return on
investment, conclusions. The take-home message of the case should be:
UCD led to a better product or service. Also mention the client (for
whom the development was carried out, if applicable) and the developer
(company who carried out the work).

- Text should be in English.

- Deadline for submission: May 15, 2006.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the editorial committee. Upon acceptance
of your abstract, you will receive guidelines for the preparation of the
complete case to be published in UCD Works. 



Meet us at CHI 2006 


During the CHI 2006 conference in Montreal, Canada (April 24-27), we
will be available to discuss abstracts with authors and advise on how to
prepare a complete case, or to provide additional information. The beta
version of the UCD Works website will be on display continuously in
booth G-H in the exhibition area.


- If you are a usability engineer, tester, designer or consultant:
please stop by to discuss how your work can be featured in UCD Works.


- If you are a teacher: come over to discuss how UCD Works can be put to
use in your classes.

We look forward to interacting with current and prospective users of UCD
Works, to get feedback on the current edition and to gather interesting
cases for the next.

On behalf of IOP Human-Machine Interaction,
with kind regards,

UCD Works editorial committee
- Rene Collier, Philips Research
- Joris van Gaal, Rabobank
- Hans Kruithof, SenterNovem
- Lucas Noldus, Noldus Information Technology bv
- Mattias Rauterberg, Eindhoven University of Technology
- Hans Schuttenbeld, Proteon Design
- Gerrit van der Veer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Bernard Weerdmeester, Hogeschool van Utrecht


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