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                        CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

                             CRIWG 2005

                 11th International Workshop on Groupware
                        September 25-29, 2005
                   Porto de Galinhas (Recife) Brazil


The CRIWG 2005 workshop follows the success of the previous
international CRIWG events held in Costa Rica (San Carlos) in 2004,
France (Autrans) in 2003, Chile (La Serena) in 2002, Germany (Darmstadt)
in 2001, Portugal (Madeira Island) in 2000, Mexico (Cancun) in 1999,
Brazil (Buzios) in 1998, Spain (El Escorial) in 1997, Chile (Puerto
Varas) in 1996, and Portugal (Lisbon) in 1995. This event is organized
in cooperation with the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil.

The CRIWG workshops have been motivated by advances in Computer
Supported Cooperative Work, and by the need for CSCW to meet the
challenges of new application areas. This workshop aims at providing a
forum for academic researchers and professionals to exchange their
experiences and their ideas about problems and solutions related to the
design, development and use of groupware applications. Researchers can
report their ideas, models, designs and experiences to CRIWG submitting
full paper contributions to present achieved or mature works, and
shorter papers to report work in progress. PhD students are invited to
present their research in the doctoral colloquium.



Groups, Group Cognition & Groupware
by Gerry Stahl

More than we realize it, knowledge is often constructed through the
interactions of small groups of people. The Internet, by allowing people
to communicate globally in limitless combinations, has opened enormous
opportunities for the creation of knowledge and understanding. The major
barrier today is the poverty of adequate groupware. To design more
powerful software that can facilitate collaborative knowledge building,
we need to better understand the nature of group cognition—the process
whereby ideas are developed by small groups. We need to analyze
interaction at the group unit of analysis in order to understand the
actual processes that groupware should be supporting. This talk will
look closely at some empirical examples of knowledge being constructed
by small groups and discuss the implications for groupware design.

Gerry Stahl served on the doctoral consortium at CRIWG ’01 (Dortmund)
and at CRIWG’02 (La Serena), where he presented “Groupware Goes to
School.” Specializing in computer support for collaborative learning,
Gerry was program chair of CSCL’02 (Boulder) and workshops chair of
CSCL’03 (Bergen) and CSCL’05 (Taipei). He is founding executive editor
(with Friedrich Hesse) of the new International Journal of
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning ( and has just
completed a book on Group Cognition: Computer Support for Collaborative
Knowledge Building (in press, MIT Press). He currently teaches HCI and
CSCL at the School of Information Science and Technology, Drexel
University, Philadelphia, USA (


Porto de Galinhas is located at the south coast of the State of
Pernambuco, in the northeast of Brazil, 60km (37 miles) from the
Guararapes International Airport of Recife. It is famous for being one
of the most beautiful beaches of the Brazilian coast, due to its
landscape. Warm clear water pools scattered around its coral reefs,
estuaries, mangroves, coconut trees and a number of other samples of
abundant nature richness make Porto de Galinhas a place not to be missed
or forgotten.

The coast has 18 km of beaches. Until few years ago, the area was only a
fishermen village, but was discovered by tourism and it is already
prepared to receive visitors, offering good accommodation and good food.
The nightlife in Porto de Galinhas is rich in entertainment. Currently,
Porto de Galinhas has a great variety of bars and restaurants of all
kinds and for all tastes, from typical north-eastern food, seafood,
pizza, crepes and sushi, to the sophisticated contemporary cuisine. The
average temperature is from 23 to 28 Centigrade and is stable most of
the year. Although the northeast of Brazil is as warm as Rio de Janeiro
in the summer, it enjoys a tropical breeze and less humidity.


We are looking forward to your participation in CRIWG’05 this year.

Best regards

Hugo Fuks, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Stephan Lukosch, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
Program Chairs

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