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"Naghsh, Amirmohammad" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 26 Jul 2006 13:39:54 +0100
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Distributed Participatory Design

NordiCHI 2006 Workshop Oct. 14th, Oslo, Norway

http://www.shu.ac.uk/schools/cms/paperchaste/dpd/index.html


Important dates:
July 27: Deadline for submission of position paper August 10: Authors of

accepted position papers notified August 14: Deadline early NordiCHI´06

registration October 14: Date of the workshop


INTRODUCTION
The number of potential stakeholder groups who may be involved during the

design process is extensive. Enabling members of these groups to envisage

or make sense of design proposals (whether those proposals originate with

professional designers or from the users themselves) is an essential
element of all participatory approaches to design.
Stakeholders can only make informed choices when the proposals being
discussed are meaningful to them. Participatory design (PD) is a design

approach and philosophy that supports the direct participation of users

and other stakeholders in system analysis and design work.
This becomes challenging in design projects where stakeholders are fully

distributed (both geographically and in regards of competence).

While providing affordable ways for different stakeholders (those who
analyze the system and those who design it) to communicate around the
artefact is discussed in the CSCW literature, there is no explicit
commitment to direct user participation during design of distributed
systems.

Nowadays, PD design teams most often are distributed, which stress a need

for support and knowledge gathered from design of distributed systems.

Given that these fields seem to merge, an interesting question is how may

they best benefit from each other? Kensing & Blomberg highlighted thi
s
topic already in 1998, nevertheless, it seem to have lost attention since
.
We stress that whilst most design teams of today are distributed, further

dialogue on this topic is of great importance.


OBJECTIVES
This full-day workshop has the following objectives:


* Enhance understanding of the differences and similarities between the

fields CSCW and designing with users, and identify how Distributed
Participatory Design (DPD) projects may benefit from the two.

* Identify existing tools and techniques and explore potential
innovations, which could be applied in DPD projects.

* Explore how users participation may be supported and what challenges

their participation make towards the design team and the communication

and/or design tools.

Further questions based on the position papers will off course also be of

interest to discuss during the workshop.


TARGET AUDIENCE
The target audience of this workshop are researchers and
practitioners who have an interest to overcome the challenges of
performing participatory design in distributed design teams, or aim
to expand the involvement of external stakeholders during design in
distributed teams.

ATTENDANCE
All participants must submit their 2 to 4-page position paper no
later than July 27, 2006. Please submit your papers to
[log in to unmask], in WORD or PDF format.


Important dates:
July 27: Deadline for submission of position paper
August 10: Authors of accepted position papers notified
August 14: Deadline early NordiCHI´06 registration
October 14: Date of the workshop


ORGANISERS
Karin Danielsson
Department of Informatics, Umeaa University, Sweden:
http://www.informatik.umu.se/~kdson/

Amir M Naghsh
Communications and Computing Research Centre, Faculty of Arts,
Computing, Engineering and Science, Sheffield University, England:
http://www.shu.ac.uk/schools/cms/paperchaste/amir.htm

Dr. Andy Dearden
Communications and Computing Research Centre, Faculty of Arts,
Computing, Engineering and Science, Sheffield University, England:
http://teaching.shu.ac.uk/aces/amd/


Please visit: http://www.shu.ac.uk/schools/cms/paperchaste/dpd/index.html


NordiCHI Conference: http://nordichi.net.dynamicweb.dk/

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