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The Fifth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Lancaster University, UK, 7-11 September 1997

************EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE - 1 JULY 1997***************

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We invite you to take part in ECSCW97, the Fifth European Conference on
Computer Supported Cooperative Work and the major international
conference on CSCW this year.

The conference focuses on the use of computers to support cooperative
work. This encompases and moves beyond groupware to consider work on 
systems development and design, the theory and practice of CSCW, the 
installation and use of CSCW systems, the application of novel 
technologies and the relation between the social and the technical. 
Delegates from academia, industry, consulting and government and from
countries are welcomed. With the exploding interest in networked 
computers and the Internet, the Conference will be an important forum 
for the presentation and discussion of the state of the art and future 
visions for Computer Supported Cooperative Work and groupware.

ECSCW97 will be held at Lancaster University, UK which has excellent 
conference facilities. Lancaster is an historic city with magnificent 
buildings, including a medieval castle and a Benedictine priory, as well 
as superb views of the surrounding coast and mountains. 

Details of the papers, workshops and tutorials on offer at the
are given below. In addition, ECSCW97 will have a full programme of 
demonstrations, posters and videos. A Doctoral Colloquium will run for 
research students with advice provided by leading experts in the field. 
The invited speakers are Prof. Peter Checkland and Prof. Anatol Holt, 
each recognised experts in CSCW related discplines. The extensive 
technical programme is complemented by evening social events including 
a Ceilidh, a local Blues Band and a Conference Banquet incorporating 
a cruise in the Lake District. 

Papers, 9-11 September 1997
24 refereed papers presenting original work will be given on the 
following topics:
- Theories and techniques for designing for cooperative work systems
- The development of techniques to support and promote information
- Experiences of cooperation in shared virtual worlds
- The use of formalisms in supporting cooperative work
- The role of shared objects and spaces in supporting cooperation
- Techniques for sharing information and processes
- The influence of novel interaction devices and environments on 
        cooperative work
- Cooperative work and coordination techniques

Workshops, 7 September 1997
Workshops offer an informal environment for focused group discussion and 
learning. The following workshops are offered:
- Workplace Studies: Theoretical and Practical Issues
- Community Networks: Opening a new research field for cooperative work
- Organizational Memory: Confronting Theory and Practice
- Collaboration in the Digital Library
- Social Agents in Web-Based Collaboration
- Object Oriented Groupware Platforms
- Network Communities: Supporting Community on the Net
- Computer Support for Home Life: CSCW & Domestic Environments
- CSCW for Learning: Physician, heal thyself?
Potential participants should submit a position paper to the Workshop 
Organiser. Full details are available from the Conference Office 
and the conference web site. 

Tutorials, 8 September 1997
Tutorials offer a small number of participants the opportunity to 
learn about specific CSCW concepts, methods and techniques from 
internationally recognised experts. The following tutorials are offered:
- CSCW, Groupware and Workflow: Experiences, State of Art, and Future 
Trends; Jonathan Grudin, University of California, Irvine and Steven 
Poltrock, Boeing Information and Support Services
- Ethnography and Systems Development
Dave Randall, Manchester Metropolitan University and Mark Rouncefield, 
Lancaster University
- A Tour of Collaborative Applications and Infrastructures
Prasun Dewan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Working Through Collaboration: A Framework for Designing Technology 
Support; John L. Bennett, Consultant; John Karat, IBM
- Building Shared Information Systems
John Mariani, Lancaster University
- Collaborative Virtual Environments
Steve Benford and Chris Greenhalgh, University of Nottingham
- Groupware and Workflow Management Systems in Practice
Thomas Schael, Istituto RSO, Rome
- A Structured Approach to Evaluating CSCW Applications
Erik Adriessen and Albert Arnold, Technical University of Delft 
Anne Anderson and Anne Marie Fleming, University of Glasgow

Registration before 1 July 1997 is just 325 (175 for full-time
(Tutorials are charged separately.) All meals are included in the 
conference fee, and reasonably priced accommodation is available.

ECSCW'97 is grateful for the generous support of the following sponsors:
Apple Computer Inc.
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
Holdens Computer Services Ltd.
And also for the support of:
National Westminster Bank plc

For a copy of the full Advance Programme and a registration form, 
please contact the Conference Office.

ECSCW'97 Conference Office 
Computing Department
Lancaster University
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Fax: +44 1524 593608
Phone: +44 1524 593041