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Making Hypermedia Live: Shaping Participatory Hypermedia

A workshop to be held at ACM Hypertext 2008 - June 19, 2008, Pittsburgh

You are invited to participate in a full-day workshop at ACM  
Hypertext 2008 on the theme of developing theory and practice in real- 
time participatory hypermedia.

Full call on the workshop website. Submission deadline: March 22, 2008

Introduction below...

Sensemaking as Participatory Media Construction

The social web can refer simply to individuals posting their work  
with little concern for how it may fit into a bigger picture. We  
might contrast this with participants who work to maintain the  
coherence of the emerging hypermedia through careful tagging,  
mutually subscribing webfeeds, embedded content, etc. and through  
reflective discourse. We are particularly interested in the latter  
case where emergent coherence is of central concern, which might fall  
under the heading of the Pragmatic Web.

These recent developments are of interest to us, since our focus for  
the last 15 years, as hypermedia researchers and practitioners, has  
been to understand the distinctive properties of participatory media  
construction in support of collective sensemaking, with a particular  
interest in synchronous working, both physical and virtual.  
Collective sensemaking in complex socio-technical situations is a  
constant feature of organizational life in science, government,  
business, and other institutions. Supporting sensemaking calls for  
both sophisticated tools and human expertise in their use.

Examples include group decision support, process modeling,  
requirements analysis, argument mapping, strategic planning, and  
problem exploration. Such activities are increasingly widespread, and  
there are professional consultancies devoted to providing these kinds  
of services. The need for the kind of integrative, participatory  
thinking necessary to use these tools effectively is increasingly  
required by more than just specialists. However there has been  
surprisingly little research devoted to understanding and improving  
the quality of practice in this area. The absence of substantive  
analysis of the nature of human expertise in supporting this kind of  
work is striking, and ripe for further exploration.

(Hyper)Media Literacy

As an extension of new media literacy initiatives, we have been  
developing a language for researchers and practitioners to describe  
phenomena as a group engages in the intentional construction of a  
coherent media artifact, with particular in interest in how  
hypermedia functionality can scaffold the discourse, and the skillset  
of a practitioner who serves the group with a mix of technical,  
facilitative, improvisational and aesthetic acts.


We invite 2-5 page position papers from people interested in this  
phenomenon. Participation is especially sought from those concerned  
with researching, planning, facilitating, participating in, or  
constructing tools for participatory (hyper)media events.  
Participants welcomed from artistic, entertainment, business,  
academic, government and other contexts where live shared hypermedia  
events have been carried out, are planned, or are being considered.

Authors must submit an electronic copy (in Word or pdf) of their  
position paper directly to the organizing committee via email before  
March 22, 2008, and will be notified about acceptance by April 15,  
2008. Camera-ready copy of accepted papers will be due by April 30,  
2008. Papers should be minimum of 2 pages, maximum 5 pages when  
printed using the official ACM templates ( 
pubs/proceed/template.html).  At least one of the authors of an  
accepted paper should register and participate in the workshop.

About the Organizers

Al Selvin and Simon Buckingham Shum have been involved in  
facilitating participatory hypermedia creation and developing  
software to support such work since the early 1990s. For this  
workshop, they will draw on their experience with such approaches as  
Compendium [4], Cohere [5], and the research areas grouped under the  
Hypermedia Discourse program [6] as well as broad experience in  
community, business, academic, and government venues to involve  
workshop attendees in exploring participatory hypermedia and helping  
to define the research agenda. The proposed workshop extends the  
Hypertext Augmented Collaborative Modeling workshop held at Hypertext  
2002 [7] as well as numerous Compendium Institute workshops, such as  
the 2007 workshop held at NASA Ames [8].


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