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3rd International Conference on the Pragmatic Web

"Innovating the Interactive Society"

29-30 Sept. 2008, Uppsala, Sweden

In cooperation with ACM SIGWEB and the Scandinavian Chapter of the  

TRUST AND COMMITMENT: Whether we look at our geo-political and  
environmental context, work within and between organizations, or our   
local communities, there has never been a greater need for  
interaction and understanding across cultural, intellectual, and  
other boundaries. Whether the context is international policy,  
distributed teamwork, e-business, or community mobilization,  
fundamentally, people must build trust and commitment to common goals  
by talking and acting together.

      What role does the Web have to play in these complex processes?

GET PRAGMATIC: The study of "pragmatics" is driven by an interest in  
action. It illuminates how it is that we manage to evolve mutual  
understanding and commitments in conversation. Central to this  
perspective is the understanding that the meaning of everything we  
say and do is contextual. When contexts change, meanings change in  
conversations, documents, and models of the world. This is something  
that we manage fluently in face-to-face conversation, but when  
working on the Web over space and time, tools must still support  
adaptation to new contexts. A focus on pragmatics draws attention to  
how communicative actions are performed via Web media.

THE PRAGMATIC WEB CONFERENCE is a unique forum to envision and debate  
how the emerging social, semantic, multimedia Web mediates the ways  
in which we construct shared meaning. While there is much research  
and development into topics relevant to this challenge such as  
collaboration, usability, knowledge representation, media, and social  
informatics, the Pragmatic Web conference provides common ground for  
dialogue at the nexus of these topics.

WE INVITE YOU as a researcher or practitioner working on these  
challenges to join us in September to share your work, and to come  
and find out what others are doing. This is an emerging network of  
people exploring the intersection of established intellectual  
traditions and the fast changing Web: come and help shape the community!

Challenges include:

     * How can we better understand the usefulness, and limitations,  
of a concept such as "Web Pragmatics"
     * What pragmatic design principles improve websites where trust  
and commitment to action are central?
     * What are the tradeoffs for users of more structured Web  
collaboration media? (e.g. in learnability, scaleability,  
     * How can participatory work practices and collaboration tools  
be orchestrated in the design of the standards, data models and  
ontologies that underpin data-driven Web applications?
     * What role does pragmatics play in the design of personalized  
information and personalized actions channelled through the Web?
     * What impact (intended or unintended, productive or disruptive)  
do different levels of computational infrastructure have on Web  
     * How can we clarify our understandings of increasingly  
important concepts on the Web such as "social ties", "metadata",  
"knowledge representation", and "transaction"?
     * If "context" is pivotal in making human interaction  
meaningful, how can we take context into account to improve Web  

Previous work has identified the following as relevant topics to  

Theories, Frameworks, Models and Methods

...inspired by Pragmatics and Pragmatism, or less formally, case  
study reflections on "pragmatic" uses of the Web that supported the  
negotiation of social/work relationships and common ground

     * Applied pragmatic theory
     * Communication, dialogue and argumentation models
     * Context models
     * Design processes from requirements to maintenance
     * Evaluation perspectives and methods
     * Linguistic metaphor: its value for framing the Syntactic,  
Semantic and Pragmatic Web
     * Knowledge Federation
     * Technology acceptance/media choice theories
     * Identity and integrity
     * Integrative frameworks: approaches to integrating insights  
from component disciplines (e.g. language-action perspectives,  
cognition, linguistics, semiotics, knowledge representation,  
philosophy, interaction design, negotiation, media studies)

Pragmatic Perspectives on Technologies, e.g.

     * Collaboration and coordination tools, both synchronous and  
     * Modelling tools
     * Tagging and other annotation tools
     * Software for forging and evolving social networks

Activities in which pragmatics play a key role, e.g.

     * Argumentation, dialogue and debate
     * Business and other organizational transactions
     * Collaboration, social networking and coordination
     * Engaging and mobilizing the public to act
     * Information brokering
     * Learning
     * Managing collective knowledge
     * Managing virtual teams
     * Public debate
     * Negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution
     * Sensemaking, analysis and decision-making
     * Social software in a corporate context
     * Strategic communication

Key Dates

We invite full papers (max. 10 pages in conference format), short  
papers and design case studies (max. 4 pages), and poster displays:

Submission Deadline: 30 May (17:00 GMT)

Notification of Acceptance: 15 July 2008

Final Version: 31 August 2008

Conference: 29–30 Sept. 2008

Conference paper template:  Please use the ACM template http://

Submit papers via e-mail:  icpw2008 <at>


Proceedings will be published through the ACM Digital Library.


Conference Chair

     * Pär J. Ågerfalk, Uppsala University, Sweden and Lero – The  
Irish Software Engineering Research Centre

Program Chairs

     * Harry Delugach, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA
     * Mikael Lind, University College of Borås, Sweden and Jönköping  
International Business School, Sweden

Programme Committee

     * Mark Aakhus, Rutgers University, USA
     * Jens Allwood, Gothenburg University, Sweden
     * Robert Biuk-Aghai, University of Macau, China
     * Simon Buckingham Shum, The Open University, UK
     * Jan Dietz, Technology University of Delft, The Netherlands
     * Göran Goldkuhl, Linköping University, Sweden
     * Mike Gurstein, Community Informatics Research Network, Canada
     * Lowe Hedman, Uppsala University, Sweden
     * Christian Huemer, University of Vienna, Austria
     * Myriam Lewkowicz, Univ. de Technologie Troyes, France
     * Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University, USA
     * Clara Mancini, Open University, UK
     * Aldo de Moor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
     * Ambjörn Naeve, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
     * Else Nygren, Uppsala University, Sweden
     * Willy Picard, Poznan University of Economics, Poland
     * Simon Polovina, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
     * Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer FIT and Aachen University, Germany
     * Andrew Ravenscroft, London Metropolitan University, UK
     * Gary Richmond, City University of New York, USA
     * Daniel Rochowiak, University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA
     * Nicklas Salomonson, University College of Borås, Sweden
     * Mareike Schoop, University of Hohenheim, Germany
     * Peter Spyns, Ministry of Flanders, Belgium
     * Yao-Hua Tan, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
     * James Taylor, University of Montreal, Canada
     * Dov Te'eni, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
     * Bill Turner, LIMSI Paris, France
     * Hans Weigand, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
     * Brian Whitworth, Massey University, New Zealand

Organizing Committee

     * Stefan Hrastinski, Uppsala University, Sweden (Chair)
     * Else Nygren, Uppsala University, Sweden
     * Göran Svensson, Uppsala University, Sweden

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