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luanne Freund <[log in to unmask]>
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*Apologies for duplicate postings**

2008 Research Symposium of the*
*Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction (SIG HCI),*
*American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)*
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*Human Computer Interaction in Information Intensive Environments*
*A Focus on Groups and Collaborative Information Use*
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*Sunday Oct. 26, 2008**, **8:30am-12:30pm***
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*Deadline **August 18, 2008***
This symposium will focus on the challenges of group and collaborative 
use of information systems. How do groups of two or more members access 
and use information, and what technologies best support these 
activities? While social computing has emerged as a phenomenon among 
distributed communities, we have yet to fully understand computing at 
the group level, whether face-to-face, or in distributed environments; 
synchronous or asynchronous. The following specific questions will be 
discussed; however, we are seeking a broad range of perspectives on the 
         How do groups use highly interactive computing technologies to 
access and use information?
         What kinds of social interfaces provide the best support for 
information interaction within groups?
         What is the role of sociability in information access and use?
         How do we study and evaluate highly interactive computing 
technologies for groups?
         Is usability the best paradigm for assessment of information 
systems and interfaces to support group interaction?
The symposium will include a panel of experts who will discuss the 
challenges pertinent to group-based access to and use of information, a 
series of research paper presentations and a poster session. The 
symposium will end with an award presentation for the best poster and 
best paper, and a lunch. We have planned for an extended break and a 
lunch for participants to talk with one another, share insights, and 
perhaps hatch new collaborations and adventures.
*Submissions are welcome in two categories:*
1.    Research papers: 3-4 pages (1,500-2,000 words)
2.    Research posters: 1.5-2 pages (750-1,000) words
In both categories submissions should describe results from completed or 
ongoing research projects related to the symposium topic.  Submissions 
should be emailed to [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> by August 18, 2008; 
applicants will be notified by September 5th.  Accepted submissions will 
be posted to the SIG website:
*Registration for the Symposium:*
Participants must register with ASIS&T at 
<>  for the Symposium.  Early registration for 
ASIS&T ends on September 12, 2008.
Symposium Fees (including lunch): Before September 12, 2008: Members: 
$80 Non-Members $90. After September 12, 2008: Members: $90, 
Non-Members: $115
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*Symposium Co-Chairs*
Elaine Toms, Dalhousie University, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Anita Komlodi, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 
 [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia, [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
*Symposium Organizing Committee*
Heather O'Brien, University of British Columbia, Canada (Poster Chair)
Brian Detlor, McMaster University, Canada
Rick Kopak, University of British Columbia, Canada
Amanda Spink, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Sandra Toze, Dalhousie University, Canada

Luanne Freund
Assistant Professor
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS)
The University of British Columbia
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Suite 470 - 1961 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Tel.: 604-822-0825
Fax: 604-822-6006
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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