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International Journal of Human Computer Studies

Special issue on supporting shared representations in collaborative activities

Call for papers


Guest editors: Jean-François BOUJUT (G-SCOP, Grenoble Institute of Technology), 

Stefania CASTELLANI, Frédéric ROULLAND and Jutta WILLAMOWSKI, (Xerox Research Centre Europe)


In many collaborative activities related to problem framing or solving, shared representations of the object of the work provide some sort of mediation capability to the participants while performing their activity. Particularly the status and history of these shared representations are often central to the activities. Examples of such collaborative activities include remote troubleshooting, collaborative product design or diagnostics in healthcare, but many other examples can be found in domains where an activity can be carried out remotely and collectively. 

Shared representations not only represent the problem to be solved but they also constitute the medium for building the solution through collaboration among actors that may have different points of view and may be separated across location, time, organisation and expertise. Then the design of the shared representations strongly affects the way in which the collaboration will take place. A good design of a collaborative work system should therefore carefully consider the mediation role of shared representations in supporting the interaction among users. 

This special issue will focus on investigating the dimensions related to mediation that should be considered when designing new collaborative systems involving representations of shared objects. In particular we invite contributions on requirements definition, system design, implementation, etc., of support for "information translation" in collaborative activities. Information translation here refers to (at least) two (related) capabilities: 

1.       Help users access/understand the information/knowledge/resources made available for the activity according to the users' level of expertise and objectives and 

2.       Help users having possibly different perspectives to collaboratively use, and even possibly enrich the information/knowledge/resources. 

We particularly welcome contributions that consider all the aspects of the creation and maintenance of the information/knowledge/resources including empirical investigations and characterisation of shared representations involved in computer supported collaborative activities. 

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. However, we will consider papers previously published in conference proceedings, provided that i) the authors inform us about this in the submission cover letter, ii) point out the novel parts in the new submission, and iii) the journal version includes significant extensions and enhancements to the conference version. As a rough guideline, at least 50 per cent of the submitted paper should be original and not published elsewhere. 

Important dates:

Deadline for submission: 15 January 2011

Special issue publication expected later 2011

Paper submission: <> . (N.B.: To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue please select Special Issue Shared representations when you reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process.




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