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Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 15:20:08 +0000
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**Final Call for Papers**

Computer-Supported Cooperative Work Journal Special Issue
"Settings for Collaboration: The Role of Place"

Co-edited by Luigina Ciolfi, Geraldine Fitzpatrick and Liam Bannon

Deadline for submissions: 28th February 2006
Notification of Acceptance: 15th May 2006

Existing Recent work in HCI, CSCW and -more recently- interaction  
design has begun to critically examine the concept of place, its  
meaning and the implications for design. Early work by Erickson  
(1993) and Harrison and Dourish (1996) suggested that place, is a  
more appropriate concept rather than space is the notion that for  
providing an appropriate suitable framework for understanding  
people's interaction with their physical environment.
More recently, a consideration of place has been introduced in  
studies of particular domains such as geographical technologies,  
collaborative systems and interactive environments. In particular,  
increasing attention is being paid to the notion of place as a useful  
conceptual tool when studying people's interaction with ubiquitous  
computing environments, whereby computational power augments and  
enhances existing features of actual physical environments. Place  
provides a frame for understanding how people relate to complex  
environments that include technology, physical and material resources  
and especially other inhabitants.
A debate is emerging regarding different conceptual definitions of  
place and on their implications if introduced within the HCI, CSCW  
and interaction design areas, particularly in terms of methodological  
approaches. The meaning and implications of these different notions  
needs to be discussed and analysed, and especially when the notion of  
place is applied to understanding social and collaborative activities  
in a number of locales, from work environments, to public spaces,.  
This is even more so as new forms of collaboration are enabled  
through ubiquitous computing environments.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
* conceptual frameworks for understanding place
* methodological approaches for studying interaction and  
communication in
* case studies describing the design and evaluation of spatially  
and mobile technologies
* case studies of human experience of place mediated by technologies

Deadline for submissions: 28th February 2006
Notification of Acceptance: 15th May 2006

Submission of manuscripts (between 5000 and 10000 words, a figure  
equals 250 words) are invited. At this stage no specific format is  
required, however you are invited to follow the layout guidelines  
given at: 

Please **email** your submission (in MS Word or Acrobat PDF format) to
luigina.ciolfi [AT]

Liam Bannon, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Barry Brown, University of Glasgow (UK)
Matthew Chalmers, University of Glasgow (UK)
Luigina Ciolfi, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, University of Sussex (UK)
Anne Galloway, Carleton University (Canada)
Elisa Giaccardi, University of Colorado (USA)
Jesper Kjeldskov, University of Aalborg (Denmark)
Eva Hornecker, University of Sussex (UK)
John McCarthy, University College Cork (Ireland)
Leysia Palen, University of Colorado (USA)
Mark Perry, Brunel University (UK)
Dan Shapiro, University of Lancaster (UK)

Luigina Ciolfi, University of Limerick (Ireland)
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, University of Sussex (UK)
Liam Bannon, University of Limerick (Ireland) Please contact  
luigina.ciolfi [AT] if you have any queries

Dr. Luigina Ciolfi
Interaction Design Centre
Engineering Research Building, ER1 005
University of Limerick, Ireland
Tel. [+353] 061 213530
Fax. [+353] 061 213484
Skype: luigina.ciolfi


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