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Call for Papers

(deadline: November 21st, 2005)

7th International Conference
on the Design of Cooperative Systems
Provence, France - May 9-12, 2006

COOP'06 is the 7th International Conference on the Design of  
Cooperative Systems, held at Carry-le-Rouet, Provence, France. The  
conference aims to bring together researchers who contribute to the  
analysis and design of cooperative systems and their integration in  
organizational settings. The challenge of the conference is to advance:
·         Understanding and modelling collaborative work mediated by  
technical artefacts
·         Design methodologies for cooperative work analysis and  
cooperative systems design
·         New technologies supporting cooperation
·         Concepts and socio-technical solutions for the application  
of cooperative systems
Previous COOP conferences suggest that cooperative systems design  
requires deep understanding of groups’ and organizations’ cooperative  
work, involving both artefacts and social practices.

Submissions are solicited from a wide range of disciplines: computer  
sciences (CSCW, HCI, Information Systems, Knowledge Engineering  
etc.), organizational and management sciences, sociology, psychology,  
anthropology, ergonomics, linguistics, etc. contributing to the  
fields of cooperative systems design

Theoretical contributions, empirical studies reports, software  
development experiences, innovative concepts are welcome on such  
topics as:
·         Analysis of collaborative work situations
·         Conceptual frameworks for understanding cooperative work
·         Guidelines for designing cooperative systems
·         The influence of new technologies (mobile computing,  
ubiquitous computing, etc.) on cooperation
·         Expertise sharing and learning in cooperative work
·         Communities and new forms of organization
·         Innovative technological solutions and user interfaces
·         Methods for participatory design of cooperative systems
IT-infrastructures are used to support cooperation and collaboration  
in a wide range of sectors (e-business, e-government, health care,  
open source software development, etc.) is. Although many of these  
types of application are not explicitly designed as “cooperative  
systems”, COOP 2006 welcomes contributions describing concepts and  
experience in these fields.

COOP 06 is particularly keen to encourage contributions relating the  
design of cooperative systems to:

Seamless integration of artefacts and conversations - enhanced  
concepts of communication infrastructure

The emergence and distribution of cooperative systems has been  
accompanied by increased communication workload. This is  
characterized by increased information exchange, message overflow,  
numerous interruptions of work, cognitive overload, or a dominance of  
virtual context. To alleviate and improve the situation, greater  
integration of conversational acts (e.g. message exchange) and  
documents is clearly required.  Technological and organizational  
concepts currently available could support a greater degree of  
seamless interplay between conversation and documentation than is  
currently the case. This seamless integration should also analyse and  
improve the relationship between the tangible world of documents  
(e.g. paper) and their representations within digital media (covering  
chat, newsgroups, annotations, e-mail, blogs, video-recording etc.).  
On the other hand, a persistent problem is that different  
communication situations, volatile as well as perennial conversation  
needs, and the entire range of communication, both formal and  
informal are invariably handled with a single, uniform type of media,  
such as e-mail. This contrasts with the diverse forms of  
communication means commonly associated with real objects existing in  
the world of work.
Coop06 especially welcomes contributions which provide analyses and  
concepts for design in this area. Special topics might be:
·        Interaction and integration of different communication  
devices and document standards;
·        Role of annotations and of documents in the coordination of  
·        Communication management inside organisations and communities;
·        Crossing from digital to tangible artefact;
·        Specific use of documentation by communities: OSS practices,  
healthcare files, e-government, e-business…
·        Integration of conversation and documentation in the context  
of learning and knowledge management
·        The integration of synchronous and asynchronous means of  

Submissions may be:
·        full papers (10 pages) or short papers (6 pages); deadline:  
21st of Nov., 2005
·        workshops proposals (including a description of the topic,  
the format of the workshop and the organization committee) special  
deadline: 9th of Jan., 2006
·        doctoral colloquium contributions (special deadline: 9th of  
January, 2006).
Papers will be presented in plenary sessions or at a special format  
called “interactive paper session”.

Submission details will be provided at the conference web site:

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