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Tom Brinck <[log in to unmask]>
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Tom Brinck <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 7 Jan 1997 21:33:51 PST
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CHI 97 Workshop on
Awareness in Collaborative Systems


Workshop:  Monday, 24 March 1997            Atlanta, GA  USA
Submissions due: 15 February 1997
Participants notified of acceptance: 28 February 1997
CHI 97 early registration deadline: 6 March 1997


This one-day workshop is intended to bring together researchers studying
the provision of awareness information in collaborative sytesms in order
to develop a broad research program for determining what awareness
information is needed in different situations.

The provision of awareness information in remote collaborative systems is
an important aspect of developing useful and usable collaborative systems.
This workshop will bring together researchers from around the world to
discuss their approaches and to develop a coherent research strategy. The
end result of this workshop will be a comprehensive research program for
determining what type of awareness information is appropriate to
particular situations, a set of proposed solutions, and a strategy to
evaluate these solutions in the laboratory and in real world situations.

Types of awareness information vary from awareness of documents, projects,
and tasks to awareness of the location and activities of co-workers.
Telepointers, office snapshots, video glances, document/project tracking,
and background noise are some of the various forms of providing awareness
which have been used to date. In creating support for awareness,
considerations include: what information to provide, how to provide it,
how to give users control of the information, explicit and implicit
sources of information, reciprocity, privacy, and interruptions. Also,
when is information useful and when does it interfere with the
collaborative process are important questions.

The purpose of this workshop is to develop a research strategy for
evaluating the effect of awareness mechanisms on users and organizations,
and to begin to develop guidelines for designing appropriate awareness
solutions. In developing sucha a strategy we will examine the dimensions
by which awareness mechanisms vary, clarify the various possible
advantages and disadvantages of providing awareness information, and
propose preliminary potential awareness solutions for varying situations.


This workshop is limited to 20 participants.  Participants must submit a
one-paragraph biographical sketch and a one to two page position paper
outlining their views on providing awareness in CSCW systems.  Please
include full contact information (email address, conventional address, URL
if available). We will evaluate the position papers and select
participants based on a diversity of viewpoints and depth of involvement
and insight into awareness issues. Position papers will be distributed to
other participants via the Web prior to the workshop.

Submissions should be posted to the World Wide Web and the URL sent to the
workshop organizers at [log in to unmask]  Alternative methods of
submission can be arranged by contacting the organizers.


Participants are expected to read the collection of position papers from
other participants prior to the workshop.
Specific activities in the workshop will be tailored to the participants'
interests as stated in the position papers.
Participants will be asked to assist in preparation of the workshop poster
for the CHI'97 poster session.


Send submissions and questions to [log in to unmask]
Up-to-date information on the workshop will be available at:


Susan E. McDaniel and Tom Brinck
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Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work (CREW)
University of Michigan
701 Tappan Street, C2420
Ann Arbor, MI  48019-1234
Tel: +1 313 764-6715
Fax: +1 313 936-3168