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Universal Access in the Information Society Journal**

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*Special Issue*

/The Intergenerational Context as an Emphasis for Design/

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*About the UAIS Journal*

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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***

Internet-based, mobile and pervasive technologies provide the means for 
older people to establish and maintain intergenerational relationships 
over long distances. However the significance of this intergenerational 
context has been largely ignored when considering

potential interactions, the design of new interactive technologies often 
privileging the younger generation. This special issue aims to explore 
the important issues when considering intergenerational contact as a 
significant context for design and an important adjunct to notions of 
universal access.


Original research contributions are solicited, which focus on 
understanding the intergenerational context in relation to technological 
artifacts and interactions.

*Main Topics***

This special issue will focus on research work on the design, 
development, evaluation, and use of interactive technologies within an 
intergenerational context. 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:

      Participatory approaches to designing for an intergenerational 

      Novel intergenerational designs which include the young and older 

      Making interactive technologies designed for the younger 
generation accessible to the older generation

      Modeling user diversity across generations (e.g. 'technology 

      Developing virtual spaces for diverse generations

      The social and psychological issues of intergenerational 
technology-mediated   communication

      Methodologies for assessing the utility, accessibility and user 
satisfaction of technologies in relation to age

      The assessment and impact of Information Society Technologies in 
terms of generational access

*Important Dates***

        Intention to submit (a tentative abstract of 100 words): 1^st 
May, 2009

        Submission of papers: 1^st June, 2009

        Notification of acceptance: 1^st August, 2009

        Submission of camera-ready version of accepted papers: 1^st 
October, 2009

        Expected publication date of the special issue: late 2009

*Guest Editors***

           Dave Harley, University of Sussex, UK

           Sri Kurniawan, The University of Santa Cruz, USA

           Geraldine Fitzpatrick, University of Sussex, UK

           Frank Vetere, University of Melbourne, Australia

*Manuscript preparation***

Please refer to the "Instructions to authors" section on the Website of 
the UAIS Journal. There is a page limit of 8000 words for long papers 
and 4000 words for short papers (excluding the 100-words abstract and 

Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically as PDF files to 
*[log in to unmask]* Please note that blind submission is not 

*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.

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