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Call for Papers
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CoPDA 2014
2nd International Workshop on Cultures of Participation in the Digital 
Age: Social Computing for Working, Learning and Living
http://homes.di.unimi.it/cslab/copda2014/
May 27, 2014 - Como, Italy
In conjunction with AVI 2014 (http://hoc12.elet.polimi.it/avi2014/)

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Overview
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Digital age requires end-user development and new design environments 
which are key components of Cultures of participation. Cultures of 
participation are oriented towards providing end users with the means to 
actively participate in problems that are personally meaningfully to 
them . An overall aim is to apply collective knowledge to address major 
problems that our societies are facing today. Although cultures of 
participation are not a novelty at this point, their maturity is still 
far away. On the one hand, there exist relevant problem-solving 
activities in which cultures of participation have been barely 
supported; on the other hand, in those domains in which cultures of 
participation are a reality, e.g. OSS development or Wiki-based 
environments, it is possible to identify a set of weaknesses, such as 
accumulation of irrelevant information, lack of coherent voices, or 
under/over consideration of some aspects of the problem (as an example, 
usability aspects in free software) to be solved, that hampers the 
achievement of suitable solutions. Therefore, a fundamental challenge 
for supporting cultures of participation should be to conceptualize and 
create socio-technical environments that not only support participation 
but also promise quality solutions and valuable contributions oriented 
to achieve common goals.
The rapid development of the Internet, mobile computing, as well as the 
capabilities for global and unique identification of objects, makes it 
possible to sense, identify, locate, and connect people, machines, 
devices, equipment and other resources.
COPDA workshop aims to gather people to address work-in-progress and to 
study new capabilities for bringing forth emerging concepts such as the 
Internet of Things (IoT), the Web of Things (WoT), and Learning 
Communities (LC), whereby distributed collaboration and learning can 
take place from anywhere and anytime. The purpose of the workshop is to 
explore how to integrate things, information systems and mainly people 
(through their participation) for supporting cultures of participation 
in different domains (working, learning, and living).

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Topics and Keywords
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Topics included are (but not limited to):
- Cultures of participation theory, concepts, methods and techniques, 
and their practical applications;
- Cultures of participation motivated approaches to information systems;
- Tools supporting cultures of participation;
- Pragmatic web and context-aware approaches and applications;
- Levels of end-users participation (e.g. consumers, contributors, 
collaborators, conductors, etc.) in designing interactive systems;
- Techniques and methods supporting activities of cultures of participation;
- Methodologies for information systems and social participation design 
and implementation;
- Web of Things, People and Information Systems: theory, methods, and 
techniques for design and applications;
- Semantic and Semiotic engineering in web of things, people and 
information systems;
- Human-things interaction models and paradigms;
- Impacts of Cultures of participation on business, organizations, 
health, and education
- Socio-technical environment for the integration of Web of Things and 
traditional information systems;
- Cultures of participation for fostering collaborative problem-solving 
activities;
- Cooperative aspects in cultures of participation;
- Empirical studies of people interacting in Cultures of participation 
(e.g. working, learning and living);
- Models and methodologies fostering collective intelligence and citizen

Keywords:
Cultures of participation, End-User Development, Internet of Things, 
Socio-technical systems, Eco-systems, Collaborative work, Meta-design, 
Collective intelligence, Citizen science, CSCW.

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Submissions
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Perspective participants are invited to submit a position paper up to 
two pages long in ACM SIGCHI format: 
http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates.
The papers can be submitted at: 
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=copda2014
All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the Program 
Committee.
At most 2 best papers will be nominated for inclusion in the ACM 
proceedings of the AVI conference.

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Important dates
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Position paper submission deadline: March 12, 2014
Notification to Authors: March 24, 2014
Early Registration: April 10, 2014
Camera ready (for the best papers): April 10, 2014

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Organizing Committee
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Ali Gheitasy (University of West London, UK) [log in to unmask]
Anders M°rch (University of Oslo, Norway) [log in to unmask]
Antonio Piccinno (University of Bari, Italy) [log in to unmask]
Stefano Valtolina (University of Milan, Italy) [log in to unmask]

For any questions please contact the Scientific Secretariat
Barbara Rita Barricelli: [log in to unmask]

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Barbara Rita Barricelli, PhD
Research fellow
Human Factors and Technology Laboratory (PHT Lab)
Department of Computer Science
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Website: http://www.barricelli.net

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