Final Call for Participation for "Web Mash-ups and CSCW: Opportunities
and Issues". At the 20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported
Cooperative Work. Banff, Alberta, Canada. 04-08 November, 2006.
DEADLINE: Friday, September 15, 2006
Position papers should be 2 to 4 pages in length, formatting in the
ACM CSCW conference proceedings format. Send submissions to Cameron
Jones ([log in to unmask]).
For more information, visit http://mashworks.net/
Web mash-ups offer new ways to explore design spaces and to create
very rapid innovative prototypes. They involve at least two kinds of
1. being a collaborative design activity themselves, as they draw on
the work of others, and in some cases involve collaborative
development in the style of open source software
2. providing a rapid prototyping platform for exploring and refining
CSCW applications and components that are fast and cheap enough to
develop to enable very rapid iterations and informal or participatory
We believe that web mashups and related technologies are potentially
and as a mechanism for rapid prototyping and testing of collaborative
applications. The focus of this workshop will be on exploring the
implications web mash-ups may have for CSCW research and mapping out a
research agenda of topics worthy of further study.
The workshop aims to address the following questions:
* What is special about mashups?
* How are they constructed?
* How come they are so effective for prototyping?
* To what extent is mashup creation a collaborative activity?
* What is the relationship between mashup development processes and
those of open source development?
* How can mashups help in prototyping and evaluating collaborative
* How can mashups serve as a platform for end-user innovation and
* What benefits (and problems) do mashups serve individuals?
We don't want a workshop devoted to just talking about mashups.
Therefore we will create an opportunity in the morning session for
those with systems development skills to learn about and to publicly
develop a mashup, and for other workshop participants to observe the
mashup development process. An analysis of that experience will lead
into the afternoon session where we will map out the research topics
that relate mashups and CSCW.
Morning: Mini Mashup Camp - Learning about and building mashups
We will explain how to create mashups to those with programming
skills, based on a number of case studies, and provide an opportunity
to collectively create demonstration mashups. Workshop participants
more interested in analyzing collective development will be able to
observe it happening.
Afternoon: Analysis of the mashup process as a CSCW activity and a
CSCW development resource
The afternoon program will be focused on establishing a map of
research topics related to mash-ups which are relevant to CSCW
research. These will be derived from the position papers and from the
results of observing the morning mashup camp.
We hope to recruit a diverse set of no more than 20 participants, and
intend this workshop to appeal to people with a range of research
interests and theoretical traditions including:
* systems developers with some experience of mash-up or
* systems developers interested in creating better environments for
mash-up development, including by less skilled developers;
* people interested in the psychology of programming;
* ethnographers interested in studies of software development;
* people interested in analyzing collective software development;
* people interested in creativity and design;
* people interested in rapid application design techniques and
participatory design techniques.
Our selection criteria for the workshop will be influenced by a desire
to cover a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, those
To participate, send a two to four page position paper describing
ongoing work, recent results, or opinions and approaches to:
[log in to unmask] Please include in your email a description of any
experiences you have with creating mashups, whether you are interested
in participating in the mashup creation activity, and if so, your
programming skills. Additionally or alternatively you may also submit,
or point to and describe a mash-up that you have created.
Date of Workshop: Saturday, 04 November, 2006. 09:00 - 18:00.
Position Papers Due: Friday, 15 September, 2006.
Notification: Friday, 29 September, 2006.
M. Cameron Jones ([log in to unmask]) University of Illinois
Michael B. Twidale ([log in to unmask]) University of Illinois
Workshop Website: http://mashworks.net/
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