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        Distributed PD: Challenges and Opportunities
Special Issue for Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems


Call for Papers

This Special Issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems invites 
submissions addressing the challenges and opportunities of conducting 
Participatory Design (PD) in distributed projects, here referred to as 
Distributed PD.

Originally, PD was developed with a focus on co-located design activities, 
where the users and designers meet face-to-face in order to establish some 
common ground. As such, PD becomes challenging in projects that involve a 
large number of users and stakeholders, who may be distributed across space, 
time and organizational structures.

Some research in the field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 
has considered how to support such distributed projects. Although little 
research in the CSCW community has explicitly focused on PD, the two 
communities could benefit from each other.
For example, researchers in the area of CSCW have studied how to effectively 
facilitate communication and knowledge sharing. However, the focus here lies 
on the software for collaborative work rather than supporting participatory 
design approaches across spatial, temporal and organizational distances. 
Moreover, PD does not necessarily argue for, or include, computers in order to 
support group work during design. In addition to this, the area of distributed 
software development (DSD) provides research on communication and 
coordination in (globally) distributed software development. Yet, such 
research lacks consideration of participation between stakeholders.  Today, 
the number of complex web based information systems is increasing, which 
brings new challenges. For example, a possible breakdown of division of labor 
between new types of distributed specialists entering the design process.

PD is undeniably challenged by distributed project settings, although PD has 
already been applied in distributed projects (cf. presented work at the 
workshops on DPD at NordiCHI 2006 and at CHI 2008). This Special Issue 
recognizes and promotes the relevance of PD in distributed project settings. 
The objective of the Special Issue is to unify the successes and failures of 
processes, methods and tools used to facilitate PD in distributed settings.

More information and a complete CfP can be found at

Recommended topics for papers to be included in this Special Issue include, 
but are not limited to:

Tools to enable direct user participation. 
Methods and processes to enable direct user participation. 
Methods, processes, tools to study distributed PD. 
Evaluation of distributed PD processes and methods. 
Evaluation of PD approaches for distributed contexts. 
Methodological considerations for studying DPD. 
Theoretical research on distributed PD. 
Principals and issues. 
Case studies of distributed PD. 
Distributed PD in different application domains. 

Guest Editors:

Amir Naghsh, Dr., Faculty of Art, Computing, Engineering and Science, 
Sheffield Hallam University, England. [log in to unmask] 
Karin Danielsson, Researcher, Department of Informatics, Umeň University, 
Sweden. [log in to unmask] 
Dorina Gumm, Researcher, effective webwork GmbH / Department of 
Informatics, University of Hamburg, Germany. [log in to unmask] 
Representative of the editorial board of SJIS:
Prof Matti Rossi, Helsinki School of Economics, [log in to unmask]

The submissions should follow the guidelines of the general-level SJIS 
and be submitted to [log in to unmask]

Address that your submission is targeted to the special issue.

Important Dates:

First version of papers submitted: September 8, 2008 
First version reviewed: November 10th 2008 
Second version of paper submitted: January 25th 2009 
Second version reviewed: March 25th 2009 
Final, polished articles submitted: April 30th 2009 
Special Issue published: June 2009 

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