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Volkmar Pipek <[log in to unmask]>
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Volkmar Pipek <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 19 Jun 2009 19:41:37 +0200
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Call for Position Papers for the "Collaborative Infrastructuring"  
organized at ECSCW'09 conference (
Vienna, September 7, 2009
Sumission deadline: July 3, 2009 (extended)

Collaborative Infrastructuring – Conceptualizing Emergence and Design  
of Information Infrastructures


The workshop aims to help develop a richer understanding of issues  
related to the analysis and design of infrastructures:
1) the concepts, issues and theories that can inform our analysis both  
of the infrastructures themselves, and of the processes of  
collaborative infrastructure design
2) the concepts, issues, theories and methods that can improve the  
processes of doing collaborative infrastructure design.
The workshop will examine issues around the collaborative design and  
use of information infrastructures through a collective sharing and  
analysis of case studies. We welcome as position papers analyses on  
empirical studies or descriptions of cases that the authors are  
familiar with. The workshop approach will be a collaborative activity  
involving a ‘live metareview’ over participants’ case studies. That  
is, the group will consider in turn a number of issues emerging from  
the cases. For each issue we will discuss whether and how it manifests  
in the particular infrastructure settings that each participant is  
familiar with or has studied. This will enable the participants to  
gain a richer understanding of the research space around  
infrastructure design and use. Goals of the one-day workshop are: case  
studies explored, key issues and special problematics identified, a  
poster prepared for the conference poster session, a journal special  
issue planned – and networking.

Karen Baker, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of  
California San Diego, USA
Pelle Ehn, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden
Sara Eriksén, School of Computing, Blekinge Institute of Technology,  
Helena Karasti, Department of Information Processing Science,  
University of Oulu, and Department of Information Technology,  
University of Turku, Finland
Volkmar Pipek, Institute for Information Systems, University of  
Siegen, Germany
Michael Twidale, Graduate School of Library and Information Science,  
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Workshop web site and workspace
A more detailed workshop description and other workshop information is  
posted at
A BSCW workspace is available at (for accepted  
participants by invitation after July 3)

Position paper submission
Position papers are invited that include one or more case studies,  
empirical research or at least some description of an infrastructure  
setting that the authors are familiar with and can discuss at the  
workshop. The position paper should also include some analysis of that  
setting, including but not limited to how infrastructure work is  
defined and how it is carried out.
Position papers will be published in a Special Issue of the  
'International Reports on Socio-Informatics' ( A  
further book publication is planned.

Length 4-8 pages. Formatting instructions for submissions are  
available at

Submission of position papers: Position papers are to be submitted via  
email ([log in to unmask]) by July 3, 2009.

Maximum number of participants: Approximately 15

On behalf of the organizing group,
Volkmar Pipek

Prof. Dr. Volkmar Pipek
Juniorprofessur für Computerunterstützte Gruppenarbeit in  
Organisationen/FB 5
Universität Siegen
Hölderlinstr. 3
57068 Siegen
Tel.: +49 271 740 4068
Fax.: +49 271 740 3384
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