Making Hypermedia Live: Shaping Participatory Hypermedia
A workshop to be held at ACM Hypertext 2008 - June 19, 2008, Pittsburgh
You are invited to participate in a full-day workshop at ACM
Hypertext 2008 on the theme of developing theory and practice in real-
time participatory hypermedia.
Full call on the workshop website. Submission deadline: March 22, 2008
Sensemaking as Participatory Media Construction
The social web can refer simply to individuals posting their work
with little concern for how it may fit into a bigger picture. We
might contrast this with participants who work to maintain the
coherence of the emerging hypermedia through careful tagging,
mutually subscribing webfeeds, embedded content, etc. and through
reflective discourse. We are particularly interested in the latter
case where emergent coherence is of central concern, which might fall
under the heading of the Pragmatic Web.
These recent developments are of interest to us, since our focus for
the last 15 years, as hypermedia researchers and practitioners, has
been to understand the distinctive properties of participatory media
construction in support of collective sensemaking, with a particular
interest in synchronous working, both physical and virtual.
Collective sensemaking in complex socio-technical situations is a
constant feature of organizational life in science, government,
business, and other institutions. Supporting sensemaking calls for
both sophisticated tools and human expertise in their use.
Examples include group decision support, process modeling,
requirements analysis, argument mapping, strategic planning, and
problem exploration. Such activities are increasingly widespread, and
there are professional consultancies devoted to providing these kinds
of services. The need for the kind of integrative, participatory
thinking necessary to use these tools effectively is increasingly
required by more than just specialists. However there has been
surprisingly little research devoted to understanding and improving
the quality of practice in this area. The absence of substantive
analysis of the nature of human expertise in supporting this kind of
work is striking, and ripe for further exploration.
As an extension of new media literacy initiatives, we have been
developing a language for researchers and practitioners to describe
phenomena as a group engages in the intentional construction of a
coherent media artifact, with particular in interest in how
hypermedia functionality can scaffold the discourse, and the skillset
of a practitioner who serves the group with a mix of technical,
facilitative, improvisational and aesthetic acts.
We invite 2-5 page position papers from people interested in this
phenomenon. Participation is especially sought from those concerned
with researching, planning, facilitating, participating in, or
constructing tools for participatory (hyper)media events.
Participants welcomed from artistic, entertainment, business,
academic, government and other contexts where live shared hypermedia
events have been carried out, are planned, or are being considered.
Authors must submit an electronic copy (in Word or pdf) of their
position paper directly to the organizing committee via email before
March 22, 2008, and will be notified about acceptance by April 15,
2008. Camera-ready copy of accepted papers will be due by April 30,
2008. Papers should be minimum of 2 pages, maximum 5 pages when
printed using the official ACM templates (http://www.acm.org/sigs/
pubs/proceed/template.html). At least one of the authors of an
accepted paper should register and participate in the workshop.
About the Organizers
Al Selvin and Simon Buckingham Shum have been involved in
facilitating participatory hypermedia creation and developing
software to support such work since the early 1990s. For this
workshop, they will draw on their experience with such approaches as
Compendium , Cohere , and the research areas grouped under the
Hypermedia Discourse program  as well as broad experience in
community, business, academic, and government venues to involve
workshop attendees in exploring participatory hypermedia and helping
to define the research agenda. The proposed workshop extends the
Hypertext Augmented Collaborative Modeling workshop held at Hypertext
2002  as well as numerous Compendium Institute workshops, such as
the 2007 workshop held at NASA Ames .
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