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CFP: Web and Aging: Challenges and Opportunities

Special Issue for Universal Access in the Information Society Journal

About the UAIS Journal
The UAIS Journal solicits original research contributions addressing the
accessibility, usability and acceptability of Information Society
Technologies by anyone, anywhere, at anytime, and through any media and
device. Universal access refers to the systematic effort to proactively
apply principles, methods and tools of universal design, in order to
develop Information Society Technologies which are accessible and usable
by all citizens.

The Journal's unique focus is on theoretical, methodological, and
empirical research, of both technological and non-technological nature,
that addresses equitable access and active participation of potentially
all citizens in the Information Society.

For further information, please, refer to the "Aims and scope" section
on the Website of the UAIS Journal.

Aims and scope of this special issue
A significant increase of the older population has led to various
studies investigating the effect of age in utilizing the Web as an
information resource. A report by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2001 stated
that the estimated change in the total size of the world's elderly
population between July 1999 and July 2000 was more than 9.5 million
people, growing at an average of 795,000 people each month. This trend
is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Recent research shows that older adults are beginning to incorporate Web
use in their daily activities, mainly because the Web presents an
opportunity for them to maintain a high quality of life. As a
consequence, a variety of new opportunities and challenges related to
the use of the Web by older adults arise in a Universal Access perspective.

The main objective of this special issue is to bring together work by
researchers, academics and practitioners from various disciplines who
are interested in the interrelationships among web access, web usability
and ageing. Contributions on novel methodologies, theories, products and
design guidelines that address these issues, as well as on related case
studies, are solicited.

Main topics
Authors of submissions should carefully explain how the work and results
presented contribute to facilitating and promoting universal access.

Contributions are solicited in, but not limited to, the following topics:

 Information architecture and the older user.

 Ageing-related disabilities and accessible design of web technology.

 Empirical studies on web usability and older users.

 Analytical studies & computational modeling of the older web user.

 Social aspects of web and aging, including the effects of web use on
personal well-being, as well as social determinants of successful web
use (e.g. educational attainment, socio-economic status, etc.)

 Emerging applications and interaction techniques with high relevance
for older web users (e.g., WAP)

 Social policy implications of web access for older users, especially
including issues of public access to computing facilities, access to
government services, and social/civic engagement.

 Web-based learning and training for the elderly.

Important dates
Deadline for submission of papers: April 1, 2004.
Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2004.
Deadline for submission of camera-ready version of accepted papers:
September 1, 2004.
Expected publication date of the special issue: second half of 2004 or
early 2005.

Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically as PDF files to
one of the Guest Editors of the special issue:

Panayiotis Zaphiris (e-mail: [log in to unmask]).
Sri Kurniawan (e-mail: [log in to unmask])
R. Darin Ellis (e-mail: [log in to unmask])

The call for papers and any updates about this special issue can be
found at

Manuscript preparation
Please, refer to the "Instructions to authors" section on the Website of
the UAIS Journal.

Reviewing process
All papers will be peer reviewed by three reviewers, experts in the
field, appointed by the Guest Editors of the issue in consultation with
the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.

Copyright information
Submission of an article implies that:
- the work described has not been published before, except in form of an
abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis;
- it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

For further information, please, refer to the "Copyright information"
section on the Website of the UAIS Journal.

Dr. Panayiotis Zaphiris
Center for Human-Computer Interaction Design
School of Informatics
City University
London, EC1V 0HB
Tel: +44-(0)-20-7040-8168
Fax: +44-(0)-20-7040-8168
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