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Andrew Warr <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 3 Sep 2007 14:13:14 +0100
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Apologies for cross-postings.

Second Workshop on Distributed Participatory Design
               --- in conjunction with CHI 2008 ---
                 --- April 6th, Florence, Italy ---

Participatory Design (PD) is a technique that promotes the direct  
participation of stakeholders (especially end-users) in system  
analysis and design.  It is believed that such direct participation  
can lead to more useful and usable systems.  In order to facilitate  
PD a number of techniques, such as PICTIVE and CARD, and tools, such  
as GABBEH and PSPD, to name just a few examples have been developed.  
However, a limitation of such techniques and tools is that they are  
primarily focused on project stakeholders being colocated, whereas  
today there is a growing trend towards distributed software  
development.  Therefore, this workshop is aimed at researchers and  
practitioners with an interest to overcome the challenges of  
performing PD in distributed design teams, namely Distributed  
Participatory Design (DPD).

This one-day workshop hosted at CHI 2008 ( aims to  
explore the challenges and solutions of DPD. We are particularly  
interested in hearing about successes and failures of processes and  
tools used in DPD. Thus, the workshop will address, but is not  
limited to, the following questions:

What are the challenges performing DPD?
How can we effectively support DPD?

Before the workshop:

Both researchers and practitioners with an interest in DPD are  
invited to submit a 2 to 4 page position paper presenting experiences  
from a DPD case study. We provide a template available at

Important dates:
Deadline for paper submissions: October 3rd 2007, 5:00PM (PDT).  
Submissions should be e-mailed to: [log in to unmask]
Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection on November 28th  

Upon acceptance, small groups of participants, based on interests,  
will be asked to collaboratively work together on a presentation.  
This presentation will be presented by the groups at the workshop.

During the workshop:

During the first part of the day, the pre-workshop presentations will  
be presented, followed by discussions and elicitations of themes. The  
second part of the day is dedicated to group work, resulting in a  
poster to be presented at the CHI 2008 conference.

After the workshop:

After the workshop the website will continue to act as a resource for  
those interested in DPD. We have also agreed with the editors of the  
British HCI Group’s Interfaces magazine an article to disseminate an  
overview of the workshop’s activities and its outcomes to the wider  
CHI community.  Furthermore, we are currently in talks with the  
editors of the Interacting with Computers journal to run a special  
issue on DPD

For more information:

Please visit and

All the best,

The DPD Workshop Committee - Karin Danielsson, Amir Naghsh, Dorina  
Gumm and Andrew Warr

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Dr Andrew Warr
Usability Research Officer
OeRC, Oxford University
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