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Tim Kindberg <[log in to unmask]>
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Tim Kindberg <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Participation (apologies if you receive multiple copies)

                  Changing Places
 A one-day workshop on workspace models for collaboration

                  12th April 1999
           Department of Computer Science
           Queen Mary & Westfield College
                University of London

The aim of this workshop is to gather experience of designing, using and
evaluating models of caollaborative workspaces -- in particular, the
ability of these models to support users' differing and changing needs.
The workshop will consist of talks by and discussion with invited speakers,
and debate and discussion about the issues raised.

Several models exist of network 'places'  -- electronic workspaces for
collaborating and socially interacting groups of users. These include
Web-based models such as BSCW, purpose-built 2D places such as Mushroom,
Orbit and TeamWave, and 3D places such as MASSIVE and Sony's
community places.

These systems are platforms for cooperative working and social
interaction: they aim to support a variety of user groups, collaborative
tasks and activities, and shared artefacts. The workshop will raise and
discuss some key questions on the theme of adapting workspaces to suit
different needs. To what extent is such a generic platform possible --
are collaborations so specific in their requirements, that no single
framework could support more than a few of them? Can the platform support
adaptation to changing requirements as collaborations evolve? If we can
produce such an adaptable platform, what fundamental properties should
it have,and what should be its model of configuration and evolution?

Outline of topics

The following list gives an outline of topics on the theme of adaptable
workspace models, and is not intended to be exhaustive:

 1.  Surveys, characterisations and critical appraisal of existing
     workspacemodels, including their modes of adaptation and
     configuration for different groups and tasks
 2.  Requirements studies, task requirements, group requirements (social,
     cultural etc.)
 3.  Identifying design features and dimensions
          e.g. navigation models, consistency & integrity,
          awareness, etc.
 4.  Relationships to theories of work-group dynamics and social
 5.  Case studies and evaluations
 6.  User interface design

Position papers

The workshop will be limited to 50 attendees, and participation is
by invitation only.  Those interested in attending should submit a
position paper of up to four pages, giving an outline of ideas that will
stimulate debate and discussion on the workshop topic.

Workshops format

The workshop will consist of talks by invited speakers (to be confirmed),
and debates and discussion based on  topics drawn from the submitted
position papers. Full details will appear on the workshop WWW page:

Important dates

    Workshop: 12 Apr 99
    Registration deadline: 12 Mar 99
    Position papers due: 7 Jan 99
    Notification of acceptance 11 Feb 99.

Programme committee

  *  George Coulouris, Department of Computer Science,
     Queen Mary & Westfield College, UK
  *  Alan Dix, School of Computing,
     Staffordshire University, UK
  *  Paul Dourish, Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre, USA
  *  Geraldine Fitzpatrick, School of Information Technology,
     University of Queensland, Australia
  *  Tim Kindberg, Department of Computer Science,
     Queen Mary & Westfield College, UK

Other information

Funding is being sought for this workshop. In the event that this is
not obtained, there will be a registration charge to cover the
workshop costs.

Contact details

For more details, contact Tim Kindberg, [log in to unmask], or
Ranjit Makwana, [log in to unmask]

Tim Kindberg
Department of Computer Science
Queen Mary & Westfield College
London E1 4NS.

The workshop web page is:

This workshop is part of the Mushroom project:

Tim Kindberg

Email:    mailto:[log in to unmask]        | Computer Science Dept
Voice:    +44 171 975 5236                 | QMW, University of London
WWW:  | Mile End Road
Fax:      +44 181 980 6533                 | London E1 4NS