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Bob Fields <[log in to unmask]>
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Call For Papers

Communities constructing technologies

A one-day workshop

King's Manor, University of York
12 March 1999

The successful assimilation of a technology into the workplace is
dependent on the relations between a wide variety of different
communities (users, managers, designers and so on). In this workshop we
aim to explore how these communities construct the technologies of their
work place. CSCW has made evident the social and situated nature of
work. But it is only recently that researchers have begun to take
seriously the different communities involved in the design and use of
artefacts. Star, Lave and others have developed the concepts of
community of practice and artefacts as boundary objects. The work of
Latour and Bijker has addressed the phenomenon of interpretive
flexibility and shown how technologies are socially constructed. Within
the systems engineering community the idea of stakeholder analysis and
viewpoints has been developed.

In the workshop we hope to bring together perspectives on studying the
relations between communities and the technologies they use and design.

We invite the submission of full papers but three to four page abstracts
will also be acceptable. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

* theories and models of collaboration and co-operative work
* communities of practice, artefacts and information sharing
* co-evolution of technology and work practice
* cultural and cross-cultural issues in technology use
* co-operative design and participatory design and socio-technical
  systems thinking
* stakeholder and viewpoint analysis
* artefacts crossing cultural boundaries (designers, users, management,

Decisions about acceptance will be made by the review committee on the
basis of the papers submitted. It is hoped that publication of the full
papers will be arranged after the workshop.

Receipt of submissions  18 December 1998
Committee decision        29 January 1999

Send submissions by electronic mail to [log in to unmask]
(preferably in Word RTF or postscript  form) or by post to the address

Workshop organisation
This workshop is part of a series of one day workshops organised by
Peter Wright and Bob Fields of the York HCI group.  A previous
successful workshop was held in September 1998
( and has lead to a
special issue of the International Journal of Human Computer Studies.
The special issue call for papers is still current and can be found at

Bob Fields & Peter Wright
Department of Computer Science
The University of York
York, YO10 5DD, UK.

Tel: +44 1904  434755
Fax: +44 1904 432767

For more information about this workshop anr related events see: