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Activity – From a Theoretical to a Computational Construct

Full-Day Workshop at the ECSCW'05

  Jakob Bardram (University of Aarhus, Denmark)
  Tom Moran (IBM Research, USA)

Most collaboration support is organized around tools: tools for 
communicating (e.g. email); tools for working on materials (e.g. 
editors); tools for searching (e.g. Google); etc. But real work, 
personal and collaborative activities, cuts across these tools. Some 
collaborative computer systems try to organize around activities, such 
as team-rooms and workflows. But these are heavyweight and rigid. Most 
people do most of their work using lightweight tools, which do not 
provide adequate activity management support. A goal of much current 
collaboration research is to develop collaboration tools to support 
lightweight, situated activities on-the-fly as well as tools to manage 
multiple activities.

Activity is a central theoretical construct in HCI and CSCW research – 
not only in Activity Theory, but also in Distributed Cognition, Situated 
Action, and other theoretical frameworks. These theories and frameworks 
provide analytic accounts of real human collaborative activities. The 
issue posed by this workshop is whether we can treat activity as a 
practical, electronically-represented construct – to have activity as a 
“first class” computational object, while still enabling the application 
programmer to make lightweight applications for the end-user.

This workshop aims at exploring issues related to improving the 
computational support for human activities, with a special focus on the 
collaborative aspects. The workshop seeks to bring together researchers 
from many different disciplines, styles of work, work domains, and 
technologies to explore and discuss the relationship between activity as 
a theoretical and a practical, social construct suited as a conceptual 
basis for the design of computer systems.

More details and guidelines for workshop participation can be found at 
the workshop website:


Important dates

Submission Deadline: June 20th, 2005

Notification of Acceptance: Early July, 2005
ECSCW Early Registration Deadline: July 20th, 2005
Workshop: September 18th or 19th, 2005

Jakob E. Bardram, PhD
Research Associate Professor           Research Manager
Computer Science Department            Centre for Pervasive Healthcare
University of Aarhus         

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