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"Art Installations, Environments, Projects, Designs, Demonstrations"
Revised deadlines for submission
the eighth biennial
Participatory Design Conference
Interweaving Media, Materials and Practices
July 27-31, 2004
University of Toronto
Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)
In cooperation with the ACM and IFIP (pending)
Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), University of Toronto
Faculty of Information Studies (FIS), University of Toronto
Participatory Design (PD) is a diverse collection of principles and
practices aimed at making technologies and social institutions more
responsive to human needs. A central tenet of PD is the direct
involvement of people in the co-design of the systems they use.
The Participatory Design Conferences, held every two years since
1990, have brought together a multidisciplinary and international
group of software developers, researchers, social scientists,
designers, activists, practitioners, users, citizens, cultural
workers and managers who adopt distinctively participatory approaches
in the development of information and communication artifacts,
systems, services and technology.
Participatory design approaches have been used in traditional
application domains (such as computer systems for business, health
care and governmental) and are also relevant in emerging areas such
as web-portal design, e-government services, community networks,
enterprise resource planning, public (and other) CSCW (computer
supported cooperative work) systems, social administration & community
development, university/community partnerships, tele-health,
communities of practice and political deliberation / mobilization
(e-democracy), digital arts and design, scholarship and teaching
with mediated technologies (e-learning), the experience of a sense
of place, cultural production and cultural institutions. We further
welcome submissions that explore the relationship between PD
approaches and the design of ICT (information and communication
technology) infrastructures such as open source projects, standards,
protocols, new media, policy, broadband and WiFi (Wireless Fidelity)
networks and the like, and how in turn they may enable and constrain
the possibilities for participation.
Participatory designers of ICT-applications may learn from, and,
hopefully contribute to, work in other fields, such as community
and organizational development, architecture, urban planning, policy
development, media, design and art, especially insofar as these
fields increasingly use ICTs.
Participatory design approaches can be applied in various social
settings such as local communities, government agencies, civil
society, NGOs, schools and universities, companies, trade unions,
etc. each with its own distinctive stakeholder arenas and power
The overall theme of the 2004 conference, "Artful Integration:
Interweaving Media, Materials and Practices" describes a central
reality of participatory design. It recognizes that an essential
ingredient in design practice is the working together of multiple,
heterogeneous elements. Whereas conventional design approaches
emphasize the role of the designer and the creation of singular
"things," artful integration calls attention to the collective
interweaving of people, artifacts and processes to achieve practical,
aesthetic or emancipatory syntheses. The conference will include
the inauguration of the "Artful Integrators Award" for exemplary
work in participatory design.
We invite contributions on all aspects of participatory design,
especially those that address concerns discussed above. Share your
artful integrations with the broader community!
TYPES OF SESSIONS
We invite submissions for the following types of sessions
(described more fully below):
+ Research papers (maximum 10 pages)
+ Short papers (maximum 4 pages) research works in progress,
field experiences / stories from reflective practitioners, tools
and techniques reports)
+ Pre-Conference workshops (2 page proposals)
+ Conference workshops (2 page proposals)
+ Art Installations, Environments, Projects, Designs, Demonstrations
(proposals include statement and sketch, see below)
+ Tutorials (2 page proposals)
+ Doctoral consortium
Deadline: February 13, 2004
For the first time, the accepted PDC research papers will be published
by an academic press, specifically the ACM in their International
Conference series. In addition to the hardcopy form, papers will
also be published via the web in ACM's Digital Library. High
academic standards will be expected. Maximum length of research
papers is 10 pages. Each submitted paper will be double blind
reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. Authors are invited to suggest
names and contact information of one or two possible reviewers to
supplement reviews by Program Committee members. Such prospective
reviewers should have demonstrable expertise in the relevant field
and be at arms-length from the author(s) and the work presented.
Accepted papers should be revised according to the review reports
and the language should be checked by a native English speaker.
Deadline for submitting the camera-ready manuscript is June 4, 2004.
Short Papers (maximum 4 pages) (Chair: Joan Greenbaum)
Deadline: May 7, 2004
Short papers cover a range of possible formats and audiences
+ Research works in progress: research which is not yet ready to
be evaluated in a peer review. Short papers could cover research
designs, fieldwork, and/or preliminary research results.
+ Stories about experiences by reflective practitioners: we are
especially interested in short papers in which practitioners
describe their practical experiences with the (non) participation
of users. These reports may be derived from a variety of settings,
but should as a general feature describe the various stakeholders
in the design process, their mutual interactions, and how they
+ Tools and techniques reports: the description of tools and
techniques, and of the application of these tools and
techniques, showing their usability for participatory design.
+ Short papers are also welcome that fit the "pattern" format
organized by problem, context, discussion, solution and references.
Potential short paper contributors are invited to contact the
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Pre-Conference Workshops (Chairs Thomas Binder & Judith Gregory)
Deadline: March 5, 2004
Full- or half-day invitational workshops will be held Wednesday,
July 28, 2004. The proposal should contain a title, goals, technique,
relevance to PD and a schedule. Intended participants and how they
will be recruited should also be described. Workshop topics can
include methods, practices, or other areas of interest. Note that
fees may be charged to cover workshop expenses (such as lunch,
materials, or equipment set up) but workshop organizers are not
paid. Potential pre-conference workshop contributors are invited
to contact the session co-chairs for further details.
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Conference Workshops (Chairs Peter Mambrey & Patricia Sachs)
Deadline: May 7, 2004
Conference workshops will be convened on July 30 from 2-5 PM.
Attendees will sign up for these workshops at the conference itself.
Please submit a two page proposal which includes title, goals,
objectives, and methods for making the workshop interactive with
the participants. Please indicate as the relevant background of the
leaders, intended participants, the maximum number of participants
and whether you would need special equipment. Feel encouraged to
apply with others as a group. Potential conference workshop
contributors are invited to contact the session co-chairs for further
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Art Installations, Environments, Projects, Designs, Demonstrations
(chairs Yvonne Dittrich & Leah Lievrouw)
Deadline: May 1, 2004
The objective of this portion of the conference is to present and
debate works that combine outstanding aesthetic vision with a
commitment to the principles and philosophy of participatory design.
Successful proposals will demonstrate both design/artistic merit
and the collaborative involvement of designers, users, audiences,
and/or other relevant groups.
Works may incorporate any forms or genres of information/communication
technologies or digital media (e.g., sound, still/moving images,
touch, space, text, etc.), either alone or combined with other media
and/or live performance. Proposals must include:
+ A statement (maximum 500 words) describing the title and goals of the
submission, the techniques/media employed, the piece's relevance
to participatory design, and how it will occupy, challenge, provoke,
involve, entice or otherwise engage those involved in its design,
distribution and/or use.
+ A sketch, layout, design or plan that conveys the look/feel/
experience of the work (e.g., 30 seconds of Flash animation,
storyboards, web pages, etc., submitted as URLs, Zip/CD/DVD,
or other format).
+ The technical specifications for presentation and exhibition,
including hardware/software platforms, projection or other playback
equipment, time and space requirements, network/web access needs,
and so on.
+ Complete contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address,
telephone/fax/email/URL) for each artist/author of the entry.
All required parts of the proposal should be submitted to the
chairs in electronic form.
Works selected for PDC 2004 will be chosen by an international,
multi-disciplinary jury (representing arts/design/critical studies
as well as social sciences, informatics and computer science) and
will be exhibited for the duration of the conference. Artists/authors
will be expected to present and discuss a brief precis of their
piece in a roundtable session at the conference.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the chairs for
further details about the aims and evaluation criteria for
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by the program chairs no later than midnight (U.S. Pacific time)
May 1, 2004.
Tutorials (pre-conference) (Chairs Volkmar Pipek & Bettina Toerpel)
Deadline: March 5, 2004
Full-day (6 hour) and half-day (3 hour) tutorials will be held
Tuesday July 27, 2004. The proposal should contain a title, goals,
technique, relevance to PD and a tutorial schedule. Please describe
any handouts that you intend to make available in the proposal.
Please include a budget for tutorial expenses (lunch, materials,
equipment set up, for example) in your proposal. Fees will be
charged, with tutorial organizers receiving surplus over tutorial
expenses. Potential tutorial contributors are invited to contact
one of the session co-chairs for further details.
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Doctoral consortium (Chairs: Jeanette Blomberg & Finn Kensing)
A full day, invitational doctoral consortium will be held Tuesday,
July 27, 2004. Doctoral candidates are invited to contact the one
of the session co-chairs for further details.
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General submission information:
+ Submissions should be formatted according to the requirements
specific to each type of submission as listed on the conference
website and sent electronically to the chairs using the upload
facility to be found there.
+ Each submission will include a cover sheet with title, submission
type, submitter name(s) and affiliation(s), address(es) and email
+ Receipt notification will follow over email.
+ All accepted contributions will be posted on appropriate web sites
and published in book form provided to conference participants as
part of the conference fee.
+ Volume I of the Proceedings will include all research papers and be
published by ACM Press as part of the International Conference
series. Research papers must be formatted according to ACM
information as needed will be made available on the PDC 2004 web
+ Volume II of the Proceedings will include all the other accepted
contributions in the traditional PDC-format.
+ Before a submission is included in either Volume I or Volume II,
at least one author of the submission must be registered for the
More details can be found on the conference website or by contacting
the Program co-Chairs or the Chair of the appropriate session.
+ February 13 Due date for research paper submissions
+ March 5 Due date for pre-conference workshops and tutorials
+ March 19 Acceptance notification for workshops and tutorials
+ April 23 Acceptance notification to authors of research papers
+ May 1 Due date for Art Installations, Environments, Projects,
+ May 7 Due date for short papers, conference workshop submissions
+ May 21 Acceptance notification short papers, conference workshops,
Art Installations, Environments, Projects, Designs, Demonstrations
+ May 31 Early registration date
+ June 4 Due date for Final Proceedings Vol 1 versions of research
+ June 11 Due date for final Proceedings Vol 2 versions of
pre-conference and conference workshops and other submissions
+ July 27-31 PDC 2004
ALSO OF INTEREST
The ACM SIGCHI conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS2004)
takes place August 1-4, immediately following PDC2004 in Cambridge,
1 1/2 hrs by air from Toronto. More information is available at:
Andrew Clement, University of Toronto, Canada
Peter van den Besselaar, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts
and Sciences, Netherlands
Fiorella de Cindio, University of Milano, Italy
Doug Schuler, The Evergreen State College, USA
Liam Bannon (Ireland), Thomas Binder (Sweden), Jeanette Blomberg (US),
Tone Bratteteig (Norway), Jacob Buur (Denmark), Debra Cash (US), Todd
Cherkasky (US), Andrew Clement (Canada), Peter Day (UK), Fiorella De
Cindio (Italy), Yvonne Dittrich (Sweden), Frank Emspak (US), Gerhard
Fischer (US), Joan Greenbaum (US), Davydd Greenwood (US), Judith
Gregory (Norway), Robert Guerra (Canada), Michael Gurstein (Canada),
Helgeson (Sweden), Vidar Hepso (Norway), Finn Kensing (Denmark), Sarah
Kuhn (US), Leah Lievrow (US), Peter Mambrey (Germany), Preben Holst
Mogensen (Denmark), Gale Moore (Canada), Michael Muller (US) Julian
(US), Norberto Patrignani (Italy), Volkmar Pipek (Germany), Rob
(UK), Toni Robertson (Australia), Patricia Sachs (US), Partha Sarker
(Bangladesh), Doug Schuler (US), Steve Scrivener (UK), Lucy Suchman
(UK), Randy Trigg (US), Peter van den Besselaar (Netherlands), Ina
Wagner (Austria), and Volker Wulf (Germany).
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