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Call for Participation: Special session on human factors in enviromatics
at ISESS 2009.  This conference will be held at the Palazzo Cavalli
Franchetti, Venice, Italy from October 6 - 9, 2009.

Environmental Information Systems (EIS) are an important factor in
environmental research, decision support, management and policy.
Environmental Informatics (or Enviromatics) is a maturing subject with
interdisciplinary roots. The application of information and  
communication
technology (ICT) to the environment is emerging as one of great
importance as the health of our planet gains priority on research
agendas.

ISESS (http://www.isess.org), the International Symposium on
Environmental Software Systems, was initiated in 1995 as a forum
in which to present and discuss the fundamentals, progress and actual
trends in this area in terms of methods, tools and state-of-the-art  
applications.
Over the years, it has also evolved into an important networking tool  
for
academics, environmental professionals, and other interested parties.  
ISESS
is a series organized by Environmental Informatics Institute, on  
behalf of
the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), WG 5.11
“Computers and Environment”.

Ultimately, environmental information must be put into people's hands so
that they can make decisions. How best to involve stakeholders, so that
they can access the information they need and put it to use in a
satisfying manner, remains a topic of inquiry. Underlying the larger
benefits of enviromatics as a tool for policy decisions, is the
architecture that enables those decision making processes. To maximize
the value of the enviromatics infracstructure, interaction design must
be an integral part of the architectural plan. How do we best employ
metaphor in educating users and influencing their mental models? What
are the ethical concerns involved and how can they be addressed? This
design helps the user to improve the quality of the information that is
produced, presented, and used.  We will seek to put work on interaction
design and human computer interaction into the specific context of
enviromatics, with the goal of understanding how to draw on and apply
existing knowledge to enviromatics so that efforts are focused on
refinement and adaptation instead of reinvention.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
	• Usability analyses
	• Decision psychology
	• Task analyses (including, for example, decision support)
	• Validation of ICT tools
	• Human-computer interface design
	• Human performance evaluation

Organisers
Daryl Hepting, University of Regina, Canada ([log in to unmask])
Steven Frysinger, James Madison University, USA ([log in to unmask])

Please send your abstract of 300 words (PDF only) on or before
March 2, 2009 to Linda Robson, Conference Manager
([log in to unmask]).

IMPORTANT DATES:
Abstract Deadline – March 2, 2009
Decision Notification – March 30, 2009
Deadline for Receipt of Full Paper – April 27, 2009
FULL REGISTRATION MUST ACCOMPANY PAPER  SUBMISSION
Reviewers' Comments Returned to Author - May 29, 2009
Final Copy Deadline - July 3, 2009

Papers which have met all requirements by July 3, 2009 will appear IN
FULL (subject to page limitations) in the ISESS 2009 Proceedings,
as part of the IFIP Conference Series.  Please feel free to contact
Linda Robson,  Conference Manager ([log in to unmask]) if you have any
other questions.


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