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Fri, 12 Sep 2008 01:18:04 -0400
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Workshop on Designing Cyberinfrastructure to Support Science

At the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Saturday, November 8. San Diego, CA


Recent years have seen the rise of new forms of large-scale
distributed scientific enterprises supported primarily
through advanced information infrastructures. These advanced
infrastructures are called "cyberinfrastructure," although
terms such as grid computing, collaboratories, and eScience
are also commonly used. Computer Supported Cooperative Work
and Cyberinfrastructure intersect in their aims to support
collaboration within heterogeneous groups and across
physical distribution. Furthermore the development of CI -
or large-scale informational resources - is itself a form of
collaborative work worthy of CSCW research.

Cyberinfrastructure development is thought of as requiring
interdisciplinary collaboration: particularly between
technologists and domain scientists (e.g. physicists,
hydrologists, biologists, etc.), but CI is also often meant
to stimulate a new scientific discipline entirely. The
interdisciplinarity and novelty of the science itself
creates a challenge for designers of cyberinfrastructure,
namely, figuring out who will be using the system and for
what. Development projects typically include expert domain
scientists who both advise and serve as alpha users. Project
participants have concerns about i) aligning the end-goals
of the diverse experts who participate in CI development;
ii) designing tools that will support actual scientific
research rather than utopian technologies that sit unused on
shelves; and ii) motivating the sustained contributions of

The workshop will address four related themes:

* Designing for Emerging Groups
* Designing for the Long-Term
* Designing for Interoperability
* The Role of CSCW Practitioners in CI Research and

This workshop is intended for those who are involved
currently in efforts to research and develop
cyberinfrastructure to support science, however individuals
with a strong interest in getting involved in this area are
welcome space permitting.

To participate please submit a 2 to 4 page position paper
for consideration. See website for details:


   * September 19, Position Paper Submissions Due
   * October 3, Notification of Acceptance

Workshop contact and electronic submissions: [log in to unmask]

Charlotte P. Lee, University of California, Irvine
Matthew Bietz, University of California, Irvine
David Ribes, Georgetown University

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