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Mon, 8 May 2006 04:58:47 -0400
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Reminder: abstract deadline 10th May.

The deadline for abstracts for the special issue of Behaviour and
Information Technology on "Designing Computer Systems for and with Older
Users" is May 10th.

Abstracts should be up to a page long and should be emailed to Anna

Call for papers

Special issue of Behaviour and Information Technology -- Designing
Computer Systems for and with Older Users.

Special issue editors: Anna Dickinson and Peter Gregor, Applied
Computing, University of Dundee.

As the proportion of older people in the population of the developed
world is rapidly increasing while technology plays an ever more
important role in daily life, it is imperative to consider the
relationship between these factors. While computer technology presents
an important avenue for providing support to the ageing population,
simultaneously, significant disposable incomes also means that the older
population offers a sizeable market opportunity for the IT entertainment
and education industry. These opportunities will not be utilized unless
the technology meets actual needs in appropriate ways and can be used

There is little evidence that older people are particularly averse to
using new technologies if those technologies are appropriately designed
and introduced. There is, however, evidence that standard technologies
are often inappropriately designed for older people and can present
barriers to use.

There has been a relatively recent upsurge in interest in this area,
which is encouraging, but there are factors which are currently
under-explored in this field. Central among these is investigating
issues of technology acceptability and appropriateness, often within the
context of day-to-day life. Such investigation, which is likely to
involve a dialogue with older people, is problematic. How, for example,
can communication about technology be facilitated with individuals who
have no experience of the domain? What methodologies exist for
establishing, managing and analyzing such dialogue?

For this special issue we are looking for papers which focus on the
impact that computer technologies have on older people, whether that is
an effect of the introduction of technologies (either positive or
negative) or ways of eliciting information about likely impacts as part
of the requirements gathering or design process. Papers can describe the
development of software or services, but in the context of introducing
or evaluating the use of innovative development cycles, evaluation
techniques or methods of engagement.

Deadline for abstracts: 10th May 2006.

The deadline for full paper submissions is June 10th 2006.

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