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Call for Submissions

Information Technology and City Life // CSCW 2015 WORKSHOP | Vancouver, BC,

In conjunction with the 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported
Cooperative Work and Social Computing

Important dates
    * Submission: December 15th, 2014
    * Notification: January 15th, 2015
    * Workshop: March 14-15, 2015

Contact information
    * Sheena Erete, DePaul University, [log in to unmask]
    * Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh, [log in to unmask]

Challenges of the local context such as encouraging civic engagement and
facilitating collaboration to address local issues have motivated
researchers and practitioners to explore the role of technologies in
supporting life in cities, neighborhoods and local communities. The goal of
this workshop is to open a discussion on how to design, build and study ICT
infrastructures and infrastructuring processes that contributes to this
effort. We aim to create a publicly accessible repository of
infrastructuring tools and to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas
about technology in local contexts among the researchers, practitioners and
residents interested in this area. At the workshop, participants will
collaborate with Vancouver’s residents and technology practitioners in
order to explore the past, present and future of research in this space;
co-construct an infrastructuring tools repository; discuss key information
challenges of local communities; and brainstorm solutions and opportunities
to address them. Discussion and ideas generated will be archived online to
be available to the larger research community and to local community
advocates and activists.

Workshop goals and themes
    * Explore the past, present and future of city, neighborhood, and local
community infrastructures.
    * Explore how information technologies can be used to assist local
communities and to mobilize their residents.
    * Explore effective ways to bridge the physical spaces and online
spaces to promote active and thriving local communities.
    * Create a publicly accessible repository of infrastructuring tools to
help researchers and practitioners in in this domain.
    * Facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas about infrastructuring in
local contexts, especially across individuals whose work centers around
different issues or domains.
    * Discuss additional ways to make our work more accessible to ordinary
citizens tackling challenges in their own neighborhoods.
    * Discuss the challenges and opportunities information technologies
provide to residents to deal with local community difficulties such as
commuting or planning.
    * Discuss what kinds of data should be collected and what research
methods best fit to analyze the data and study the problems local
communities face?

We accept two types of submissions: (1) original research or
work-in-progress and (2) project idea that includes a description of a
problem and possible solution (such as tool) that might be developed as
part of this workshop. All contributions must be submitted as PDF files.
This workshop accepts research or work-in-progress papers (no longer than 2
pages) or position papers (no longer than 2 pages). All papers must be
submitted by the deadlines provided below and formatted in CHI Extended
Abstract, camera-ready style. All submitted contributions will be reviewed
and judged on originality, technical correctness, relevance, and quality of
presentation by the program committee. All accepted submissions must be
presented during the workshop. Please submit papers to
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    * Elizabeth Daly, IBM Research Lab Dublin
    * Sheena Erte, DePaul University
    * Rosta Farzan, University of Pittsburgh
    * Gary Hsieh, University of Washington
    * Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan
    * Claudia Lopez, University of Pittsburgh
    * Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Microsoft Research
    * Daniele Quercia, Yahoo! Labs Barcelona
    * Raz Schwartz, Facebook
    * Amy Voida, Indiana University Indianapolis

Claudia López
University of Pittsburgh

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