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Call for Papers: 2nd International Workshop on Comparative Informatics (IWCI 2010): Understanding Cultural Influences in Usability, Gaming, Collaboration, Government and Design Workshop Webpage:
Full-day Workshop at NordiCHI 2010 ( on Sunday, 17-October-2010.
Comparative informatics is the study of design, development, evaluation, use, and impact of information technologies across a diverse set of domains, organizations, contexts, cohorts, cultures, and countries. The scientific focus of the 2nd International Workshop on Comparative Informatics (IWCI 2010) is on the following core questions:

*         How can we better understand the mutual relations between information and communication technologies and cultures?
*         To what extent is the appropriation of technologies culturally relative?
*         To what extent do technologies exert their own agency regardless of local practices and cultural accommodations?
*         To what extent do people shape, alter, bend, adapt, adjust, align, configure, reconfigure, and re-imagine technologies?

Layered into the inherent complexities of technologies themselves as artifact whose qualities we do not fully understand are the technologies' uptake and appropriation in multiple cultural contexts. Temporality will be a key discussion point at the workshop and we will discuss methodological and epistemological aspects of time and its relation to technologically mediated activity. Methodological discussion will also examine the applicability of the comparative method to informatics and will proceed to identify a range of appropriate research methods. The workshop has five themes: online gaming, e-government, collaboration, usability, and design

<Outcomes of the workshop>
Given globalization and the multicultural social reality of the 21st century, it is clear that the core questions outlined about culture and technology cannot be approached without a coordinated global effort. A federation of researchers is required, for both practical and intellectual reasons, to shape and inform such investigations. IWCI 2010 aims to create such a research federation and a socio-technical environment to help sustain it. An edited collection or special issue of the workshop papers is planned.

<To Participate>
We invite position papers from researchers, practitioners, and students from a diversity of fields including but not limited to human-computer interaction (HCI), computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), computer supported intercultural collaboration (CSIC), information systems (IS), and learning sciences. languages, organizations and nations.

    * Author Guidelines:
          o Length & Format: A position paper of maximum 4 pages formatted using the ACM SIGCHI template ( 
          o Relevance and Substance: Ideally, the position paper should address one or more of the core questions and/or focus on one of the five themes outlined above. We also welcome conceptual and methodological papers on comparative research in general.
    * Submission Guidelines:
          o Please submit your position paper no later than 02-August-2010 by email to [log in to unmask]
    * Important Dates
          o Submission of Position Papers: 01-August-2010
          o Author Notifications:  15-August-2010
          o Final Versions for Accepted Papers: 17-September-2010
          o Workshop Date: Sunday, 17-October-2010

<Workshop Organizers>
Ravi Vatrapu, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark 
Bonnie Nardi , University of California, Irvine, USA 
Scott Robertson, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA 
Zhengjie Liu, Dalian Maritime University, China
Pradeep Yammiyavar,  Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati, India
Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel

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