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"Stefan Holmlid (EAB)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Stefan Holmlid (EAB)
Mon, 19 Aug 2002 16:38:22 +0200
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Reminder :: Submit your contribution before 30th August 
Reminder :: Do not forget to sign up for the conference at

Procuring usable systems
A workshop on the role usability can play 
in the procurement and pre-study phases 
of systems development.

The maturity of processes for producing usable systems is constantly increasing, but starts to level out, and reaching their limits of what they might achieve. Taking, as a contrast, the procureršs perspective, and providing them with processes, tools and competence to procure and require usable systems as well as user-centred processes, would function as a driver for the production of more usable systems. 
Among the challenges for procuring usable systems one can identify; the complex interplay between user, customer, commissioner, financier, procurer, vendor, producer; the going beyond systems development into early needs analysis stages; the possibility to strategically purchase only usable systems.

This workshop explores experiences from procurement, taking a usability perspective, trying to chart out the issues ahead for research regarding the procurement of usable systems. During the workshop we also want to explore and formulate opportunities for procuring usable systems as a complementary perspective to producing usable systems.

We will be looking for participants who are willing to give this enterprise a serious, constructive try; we are not interested in a one-day debate on where responsibility should lie or if procurement is an issue at all. We are looking for participants with experience in some aspect of procurement of interactive systems. Other things being equal, we will attempt to construct a list of, at the most, twenty attendees with a large diversity of experiences.

Prospective participants should summarize their experiences from procurement activities in terms of both process and products, and send their position paper before August 20th to [log in to unmask] The selection of participants will be made on the basis of their experience, possible contributions to research on and interest in procurement issues, and to put together a diverse group of participants in order to be able to formulate a broad framework for research and development.

Stefan Holmlid
Usability and Interaction Design researcher
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Henrik Artman
IpLab, KTH

best regards
Stefan Holmlid
Henrik Artman