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Brent Beckley <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 Oct 2015 15:03:51 -0400
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Morgan & Claypool Publishers is excited to announce the launch of a new
title in our Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics.  


The Envisionment and Discovery Collaboratory (EDC): 
Explorations in Human-Centered Informatics with Tabletop Computing

Ernesto G. Arias, Hal Eden, Gerhard Fischer

ISBN: 9781627055703 | PDF ISBN: 9781627055710

Copyright C 2015 | 240 Pages



This book is based on 20 years of research and development activities that
brought together interdisciplinary teams of researchers, educators,
designers, and practitioners from different backgrounds. The EDC originated
with the merging of two research paradigms from disparate disciplines to
build on the strengths, approaches, and perspectives of each. This book
describes the artifacts and scenarios that were developed, with the goal of
providing inspiration for human-centered informatics not focused on
technologies in search of a purpose but on the development of systems
supporting stakeholders to explore personally meaningful problems. These
developments have inspired numerous research and teaching activities. The
challenges, prototypical systems, and lessons learned represent important
milestones in the development and evolution of the EDC that are relevant for
future research activities and practices in human-centered informatics.


The Envisionment and Discovery Collaboratory (EDC) is a long-term research
platform exploring immersive socio-technical environments in which
stakeholders can collaboratively frame and solve problems and discuss and
make decisions in a variety of application domains and different
disciplines.  The knowledge to understand, frame, and solve these problems
does not already exist, but is constructed and evolves in ongoing
interactions and collaborations among stakeholders coming from different
disciplines providing a unique and challenging environment to study, foster,
and support human-centered informatics, design, creativity, and learning.

At the social level, the EDC is focused on the collaborative construction of
artifacts rather than the sharing of individually constructed items. It
brings individuals together in face-to-face meetings, encouraging and
supporting them to engage, individually and collectively, in action and
reflection. At the technological level, the EDC integrates tabletop
computing environments, tangible objects, sketching support, geographic
information systems, visualization software, and an envisioned virtual

This title is available online for institutional Synthesis subscribers at:


Print and individual PDF copies are available directly from Morgan &
Claypool at:


Please write to request review or desk copies today!


Brent Beckley
Direct Marketing Manager
Morgan & Claypool Publishers

Johnson City, NY



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