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Understanding work and designing artefacts

Special Issue of the
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Guest editors: Bob Fields and Peter Wright, University of York

Call for Papers

In recent years there has been a movement in HCI, CSCW, and
requirements engineering that recognises the need for methods and
models for studying work practice in order to inform the process
of requirements gathering and the design of workplace technology.

This move has been reflected in the development and application
of a number of theories such as distributed cognition, activity
theory and situated action theory, and also in the development of
methodological approaches such as contextual design,
scenario-based design and participatory design.  The degree of
interest in forging connections between studies of work practices
and the design of technology to support work was highlighted by
the level of interest shown in a recent workshop held in York.

The aim of this special issue is to bring together ideas and
innovations, particularly with respect to the question of how
work study methods can be used to inform interactive systems
design.  Submissions are sought in areas including (but not
limited to):

   - theories and models of work (including distributed cognition,
     ethnographic approaches, and activity theory)
   - moving from work studies to system requirements
   - artefacts and the distribution and coordination of work
   - representations of work and representations at work
   - engaging users in moving from work practice to design

Important dates

 4 December, 1998    Deadline for paper submissions
 1 February, 1999    Notification of review results
 1 April, 1999       Deadline for revised papers

Note that these dates are provisional, and may change in the near
future. Up-to-date information is available on the web at
http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/~bob/specialissue.html.

Submission process

Papers should be submitted in the IJHCS format, and will be
refereed in the standard way.  Authors of submitted papers may be
invited to take part in the review process.  Details of the IJHCS
format can be found in the journal, and are available from
http://www.hbuk.co.uk/ap/journals/hc/.  Authors should submit six
hard copies of their paper, or an electronic copy (preferably in
RTF, Postscript or PDF formats) by email, with full contact
details, to the address below.

Bob Fields
IJHCS Special Issue
Department of Computer Science
University of York
York, YO10 5DD, UK.

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