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ECSCW 2005, European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Paris, September 2005
Organisers: Luigina Ciolfi*, Geraldine Fitzpatrick^ and Liam Bannon*
*Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick (Ireland)
^Interact Lab, University of Sussex (UK)
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Date TBC (18 or 19 Sept. 2005)



Existing Recent work in HCI, CSCW and ­more recently- interaction design has
begun to critically examine the concept of place, its meaning and the
implications for design. of the notion of place. Erickson (1993) and
Harrison and Dourish (1996) suggested that place, is a more appropriate
concept rather than space is the notion that for providing an appropriate
suitable framework for understanding peoplešs interaction with their
physical environment.
Whereas space refers to the structural, geometrical qualities of a physical
environment, place is the notion that includes the dimensions of lived
experience, interaction and use of a space by its inhabitants.

More recently, a consideration of place has been introduced in studies of
particular domains such as geographical technologies, collaborative systems
and interactive environments (see for example, Brown and Perry, 2001;
Fitzpatrick, 1996, 2003; Ciolfi and Bannon, 2005). In particular, increasing
attention is being paid to the notion of place as a useful conceptual tool
when studying peoplešs interaction with ubiquitous computing environments,
whereby computational power augments and enhances existing features of
actual physical environments. Place provides a frame for understanding how
people relate to complex environments that include technology, physical and
/material resources and especially other inhabitants.
A debate is emerging regarding different conceptual definitions of place and
on their implications if introduced within the HCI, CSCW and interaction
design areas, particularly in terms of methodological approaches. Some
notions of place are mainly focused on the physical and behavioural aspects
of human activity (see, for example, Canter, 1974); others have a more
pronounced social and cultural thrust (Tuan, 1977); others are grounded in
the philosophical notion of embodiment (Malpas, 1999).
The meaning and implications of these different notions needs to be
discussed and analysed, and especially when the notion of place is applied
to understanding social and collaborative activities in a number of locales,
from work environments, to public spaces,. This is even more so as new forms
of collaboration are enabled through ubiquitous computing environments.


This one day workshop aims to bring together researchers that have dealt or
are currently dealing are involved in with studying and understanding place,
and particularly how an awareness of place can help us make sense of
collaborative and social behaviour. In the workshop we aim at to discussing
how concerns emerging from different notions of place can help us:
* ˇ      To understand collaborative practices within existing environments
(whether work or leisure environments);
* ˇ      To develop design specifications aimed at supporting collaboration
and social interaction within novel ubiquitous computing environments.

 Prospective Workshop participants will be requested to submit a position
paper (2-4 pages) describing:
* - their conceptual approach to place
* - the specific case study which they are using
Participants will be asked to prepare poster presentations based on their
position papers as a background for group discussion, and will be involved
in a group exercise: small groups of participants will engage in a short
field trip to different locations in Paris, where they will have the task of
capturing salient aspects of the place and of the activities taking place
there. The results from each groupšs work will be presented in a plenary
session at the end of the workshop for discussion and debate.


The group will be limited to 15 participants. We aim at attracting
participants with background and expertise in Psychology, Sociology,
Anthropology, Architecture, Geography, Media and Cultural Studies, Computer


Participants in the workshop will be invited to submit extended versions of
their papers for a special issue of JCSCW.

Submission deadline: June 20th, 2005

Email your submission (.doc or .pdf format) to [log in to unmask]

Notification of acceptance: July 2nd, 2005


Dr. Luigina Ciolfi
Interaction Design Centre
Engineering Research Building, ER1 005
University of Limerick, Ireland
Tel. [+353] 061 213530
Fax. [+353] 061 202734


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