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CoPDA 2018 -
5th International Workshop on Cultures of Participation in the Digital Age:
Design Trade-offs for an Inclusive Society

May 29th, 2018 – Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy
In conjunction with AVI 2018 (


This one-day workshop edition addresses the theme "Design Trade-offs for 
an Inclusive Society". The United Nations defined social inclusion as 
"the process of improving the terms of participation in society, 
particularly for people who are disadvantaged, through enhancing 
opportunities, access to resources, voice and respect for rights".

To fully understand the extent to which inclusion has to be brought into 
society, the diversity concept should be analyzed. In particular, the 
groups of individuals who are often left out in an inclusive society 
that will be specifically addressed by this workshop are:
- disabled people (for whom progress should mean: growing competence in 
self-care rather than growing dependence);
- elderly people (with limited abilities and possibilities for 
- learners of all ages (without opportunities to engage in 
interest-driven, self-directed learning opportunities);
- owner of problems (being dependent on high–tech scribes for making 
systems fit their needs);
- all groups that have to cope with non-convivial tools.

Four dimensions could be identified for defining Inclusion, they are: 
Empowerment, Socialization, Independence, and Learning. In such 
perspective, designing for Cultures of Participation and Social 
Inclusion means to take into account all the peculiar characteristics of 
stakeholders and the diversity of user differences to find out what 
trade-offs have to be dealt with for satisfying their expectations and 
reaching the desired outcomes. A trade-off is a situation that involves 
losing one quality or aspect of something in return for gaining another 
quality or aspect.

The workshop explores and discusses the design trade-offs that diversity 
(and thus the need for inclusion) may introduce in Cultures of 
Participation, including but not limited to:
- Usability versus accessibility;
- Usability versus usefulness;
- Customizable interfaces versus minimalist design and simplicity of use;
- Pervasive technologies and ubiquitous computing versus quality of life;
- Personalization versus privacy;
- One-size-fits-all versus tailored solutions (e.g. standardization 
versus flexibility);
- Involving end users as designers (e.g. participatory design) versus 
participation overload;
- Consumer cultures versus cultures of participation;
- Tools for living versus tools for learning;
- Independence versus overreliance;
- Independence versus scaffolding;
- Facilitation versus instruction;
- Independence versus the need for human involvement in case the 
technology breaks down.


Authors are invited to submit a 2-4 pages position paper using the ACM 
article template "SigConf" available at:

Papers will be selected by the Program Committee considering their 
quality, topic relevance, innovation, and potentials to foster 
discussion. We aim at an interdisciplinary meeting, thus each submitted 
paper will be reviewed by two reviewers with different backgrounds 
providing authors with the information to make their contribution 
relevant and appealing for the workshop’s audience.

At least one author from every accepted paper must plan to attend the 
workshop and present the work.

Upon acceptance, position papers will be published on the workshop 
Website. After the workshop, the proceedings will be published in CEUR 
Workshop Proceedings (indexed by SCOPUS).

Authors can submit and update their submissions through the EasyChair 


- *April 10, 2018: Submission deadline*
- April 25, 2018: Notification of acceptance
- April 30, 2018: Camera-ready
- May 29, 2018: Workshops at AVI 2018


- Barbara Rita Barricelli (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy)
- Gerhard Fischer (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)
- Daniela Fogli (Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy)
- Anders Mørch (University of Oslo, Norway)
- Antonio Piccinno (Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy)
- Stefano Valtolina (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy)

Antonio Piccinno
Dipartimento di Informatica - Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro"
via Orabona, 4 - 70125 Bari, Italy
Personal Home Page: 
Tel. +39 080 5442535 / Fax. +39 080 5443300
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Guest Editor of the Special Issue on
Semiotics, Human-Computer Interaction and End-User Development 
Journal of Visual Languages and Computing 

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