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William Hudson <[log in to unmask]>
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Making Sense of Sensemaking 
Sunday, April 3 2005 through Monday, April 4 2005 
Portland, Oregon 
George W. Furnas, School of Information, University of Michigan 
Daniel M. Russell, IBM Almaden Research Center 

The Workshop: 
Making sense of the world is a common activity - it happens whenever
people confront a new, complex problem. Sensemaking can be a core
professional task in itself, as it is for researchers, designers, or
intelligence analysts. It often begins with a process of collecting and
organizing data. Sometimes the information can be organized into a
fairly simple structure, one that helps to solve the problem. But the
process can also be ill-defined, iterative and complex: information
retrieval, organization and task re-definition all interact in sometimes
subtle ways. 

This 2-day workshop aims to bring together a diverse community of
researchers working on understanding sensemaking activities and on
technology to support them. We hope to establish a dialogue between
various researchers, enrich our understanding by laying out the space of
varieties of sensemaking and articulating their commonalities and
differences, and draw design implications for better sensemaking tools,
systems and aids. 

We will address topics including: 

* How people make sense of complex sets of information 
(behavior studies and tool use) 
* Issues of representation creation, evolution and use 
* Implicit/explicit aspects of sensemaking 
* Group sensemaking:  including different levels of social aggregation, 
from individual, to group, to large social contexts 
* Both static and evolving problem environments 
* How sensemaking fits into other knowledge work 
(information gathering, decision making) 

Prospective participants should send a 5-page position paper (Word or
PDF format) stating their background in this area, their current related
work, and any special approaches or theses they would bring to the
discussion, to [log in to unmask] 

Important Dates: 
January 3rd, 2005: Deadline for submission of position papers 
January 31st, 2005: Notification of acceptance 
April 3-4, 2005: Workshop 
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