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Thu, 14 May 2009 12:20:54 +0200
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ECSCW 09 Workshop on Interoperability in CSCW 


Location: ECSCW 2009 in Vienna <>  

Date: 7-8 September 2009



Workshop overview 


CSCW and groupware research yielded a large number of different systems and
different approaches towards the support of cooperative work. However, we
still lack an integrated environment that supports all forms of cooperation
in a seamless and integrated way. This is supported by the following


ˇ         During a cooperation process users are often constrained by a
single cooperation application due to the fact that cooperation objects
cannot be easily moved from one application to another. 

ˇ         Users do not separate their cooperation needs into
synchronous/asynchronous, or structured, flexible, or semi-structured.
Therefore tools that aim at the support of a single cooperation type and
that do not consider cooperation as an activity that integrates different
types are required. 

ˇ         Often different companies use different groupware environments.
Due to an absence of interoperability standards and implementations,
inter-organizational use of these environments becomes impossible. As a
result email becomes the primary cooperation media. 


These observations indicate the need for research into integrated
cooperative work environments. This workshop invites researchers and
practitioners to present and discuss interoperability approaches for CSCW


Who should submit and attend 


This full-day workshop will be of interest to researchers, designers and
practitioners concerned with collaborative architectures and new approaches
to collaboration services and how they can be used in working environments.
Participation in the workshop requires the submission of a position paper.
Each position paper should address the topic of interoperability for CSCW by
presenting an architecture, a concept, or an implementation that illustrates
how different CSCW applications can be seamlessly integrated into a
collaborative working environment. 


These position papers and their presentation provide the baseline for the
development of an interoperability map during the workshop. This map will
identify the following aspects: 

ˇ         Basic components and modules of a CSCW application 

ˇ         Basic services that CSCW applications of a certain type should

ˇ         Existing and required standards that have already or should be
applied when developing CSCW applications 

ˇ         (Reference-) Architectures for CSCW 

ˇ         Interoperability applications and implementations 


The workshop will be open to a maximum of 15 participants. 




Position papers and workshop outputs will be made available on the website.
The contribution of each presentation and position paper will be integrated
into an interoperability landscape and architecture that will be published
at the workshop website for further dissemination and discussion. A
contribution to the OCA reference model will also be considered. 




Short position papers (2 pages) should be sent to
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notifications will be sent by 6th July 2009. 




Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer FIT, RWTH Aachen. Germany 

Antonio Gómez-Skarmeta, University of Murcia, Spain 

Manuel Fradinho, Cyntelix, Ireland 

Deirdre Lee, DERI, NUIG, Galway, Ireland 



Prof. Wolfgang Prinz, PhD
Fraunhofer FIT, Schloss Birlinghoven, 53754 St. Augustin, Germany
RWTH Aachen, LuFG Kooperationssysteme, Ahornstr. 55, 52056 Aachen, Germany
Phone: +49-2241-142730; Fax: +49-2241-142084
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