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The Fifth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Lancaster University, UK, 7-11 September 1997


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We invite you to take part in ECSCW97, the Fifth European Conference on
Computer Supported Cooperative Work and the major international
conference on CSCW this year.

The conference focuses on the use of computers to support cooperative
work. This encompases and moves beyond groupware to consider work on
systems development and design, the theory and practice of CSCW, the
installation and use of CSCW systems, the application of novel
technologies and the relation between the social and the technical.
Delegates from academia, industry, consulting and government and from
all countries are welcomed. With the exploding interest in networked
computers and the Internet, the Conference will be an important forum
for the presentation and discussion of the state of the art and future
visions for Computer Supported Cooperative Work and groupware.

ECSCW97 will be held at Lancaster University, UK which has excellent
conference facilities. Lancaster is an historic city with magnificent
buildings, including a medieval castle and a Benedictine priory, as well
as superb views of the surrounding coast and mountains.

Details of the papers, workshops and tutorials on offer at the
Conference are given below. In addition, ECSCW 97 will have a full
programme of demonstrations, posters and videos. A Doctoral Colloquium
will run for research students with advice provided by leading experts
in the field.

The invited speakers are Prof. Peter Checkland and Prof. Anatol Holt,
each recognised experts in CSCW related discplines. The extensive
technical programme is complemented by evening social events including
a Ceilidh, a local Blues Band and a Conference Banquet incorporating
a cruise in the Lake District.

Papers, 9-11 September 1997
24 refereed papers presenting original work will be given on the
following topics:
- Theories and techniques for designing for cooperative work systems
- The development of techniques to support and promote information
- Experiences of cooperation in shared virtual worlds
- The use of formalisms in supporting cooperative work
- The role of shared objects and spaces in supporting cooperation
- Techniques for sharing information and processes
- The influence of novel interaction devices and environments on
        cooperative work
- Cooperative work and coordination techniques

Workshops, 7 September 1997
Workshops offer an informal environment for focused group discussion and
learning. The following workshops are offered:
- Workplace Studies: Theoretical and Practical Issues
- Community Networks: Opening a new research field for cooperative work
- Collaboration in the Digital Library
- Social Agents in Web-Based Collaboration
- Object Oriented Groupware Platforms
- Network Communities: Supporting Community on the Net
- Computer Support for Home Life: CSCW & Domestic Environments
- CSCW for Learning: Physician, heal thyself?
Potential participants should submit a position paper to the Workshop
Organiser. Full details are available from the Conference Office
and the conference web site.

Tutorials, 8 September 1997
Tutorials offer a small number of participants the opportunity to
learn about specific CSCW concepts, methods and techniques from
internationally recognised experts. The following tutorials are offered:
- CSCW, Groupware and Workflow: Experiences, State of Art, and Future
Trends; Jonathan Grudin, University of California, Irvine and Steven
Poltrock, Boeing Information and Support Services
- Ethnography and Systems Development
Dave Randall, Manchester Metropolitan University and Mark Rouncefield,
Lancaster University
- A Tour of Collaborative Applications and Infrastructures
Prasun Dewan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Working Through Collaboration: A Framework for Designing Technology
Support; John L. Bennett, Consultant; John Karat, IBM
- Building Shared Information Systems
John Mariani, Lancaster University
- Collaborative Virtual Environments
Steve Benford and Chris Greenhalgh, University of Nottingham
- A Structured Approach to Evaluating CSCW Applications
Erik Adriessen, Technical University of Delft;
Anne Anderson, Joyce McLeod and Anne Marie Fleming, University of

Registration is just #425 (#225 for full-time students).
(Tutorials are charged separately.) All meals are included in the
conference fee, and reasonably priced accommodation is available.

ECSCW97 is grateful for the generous support of the following sponsors:
Apple Computer Inc.
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
Holdens Computer Services Ltd.
And also for the support of:
National Westminster Bank plc

For a copy of the full Advance Programme and a registration form,
please contact the Conference Office or see the conference web site.

ECSCW97 Conference Office
Computing Department
Lancaster University
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Fax: +44 1524 593608
Phone: +44 1524 593041