ECSCW97
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The Fifth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Lancaster University, UK, 7-11 September 1997

http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/computing/research/cseg/ecscw97/

Register now for ECSCW97, the Fifth European Conference on Computer
Supported Cooperative Work and the major international conference on
CSCW this year! 

Registration BEFORE 1 JULY 1997 is just 325 (175 for full-time
students). (Tutorials are charged separately.) All meals are included in
the conference fee, and reasonably priced accommodation is available.

For a copy of the full Advance Programme and a registration form, please
contact the Conference Office.

ECSCW'97 Conference Office 
Computing Department
Lancaster University
Lancaster
LA1 4YR, UK
email: [log in to unmask]
Fax: +44 1524 593608
Phone: +44 1524 593041 

http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/computing/research/cseg/ecscw97/


The conference focuses on the use of computers to support cooperative
work. This encompases and moves beyond groupware to consider work on
systems development and design, the theory and practice of CSCW, the
installation and use of CSCW systems, the application of novel
technologies and the relation between the social and the technical.
Delegates from academia, industry, consulting and government and from
all countries are welcomed. With the exploding interest in networked
computers and the Internet, the Conference will be an important forum
for the presentation and discussion of the state of the art and future
visions for Computer Supported Cooperative Work and groupware.

Venue
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ECSCW97 will be held at Lancaster University, UK which has excellent
conference facilities. Lancaster is an historic city with magnificent
buildings, including a medieval castle and a Benedictine priory, as well
as superb views of the surrounding coast and mountains. 

Summary
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Details of the papers, workshops and tutorials on offer at the
Conference are given below. In addition, ECSCW97 will have a full
programme of demonstrations, posters and videos. A Doctoral Colloquium
will run for research students with advice provided by leading experts
in the field. The invited speakers are Prof. Peter Checkland and Prof.
Anatol Holt, each recognised experts in CSCW related discplines. The
extensive technical programme is complemented by evening social events
including a Ceilidh, a local Blues Band and a Conference Banquet
incorporating a cruise in the Lake District. 


Papers, 9-11 September 1997
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24 refereed papers presenting original work will be given on the
following topics:
Theories and techniques for designing for cooperative work systems
The development of techniques to support and promote information sharing
Experiences of cooperation in shared virtual worlds
The use of formalisms in supporting cooperative work
The role of shared objects and spaces in supporting cooperation
Techniques for sharing information and processes
The influence of novel interaction devices and environments on
cooperative work
Cooperative work and coordination techniques

Workshops, 7 September 1997
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Workshops offer an informal environment for focused group discussion and
learning. The following workshops are offered:
Workplace Studies: Theoretical and Practical Issues
Community Networks: Opening a new research field for cooperative work
Organizational Memory: Confronting Theory and Practice
Collaboration in the Digital Library
Social Agents in Web-Based Collaboration
Object Oriented Groupware Platforms
Network Communities: Supporting Community on the Net
Computer Support for Home Life: CSCW & Domestic Environments
CSCW for Learning: Physician, heal thyself?
Potential participants should submit a position paper to the Workshop
Organiser. Full details are available from the Conference Office and the
conference web site. 

Tutorials, 8 September 1997
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Tutorials offer a small number of participants the opportunity to learn
about specific CSCW concepts, methods and techniques from
internationally recognised experts. The following tutorials are offered:

CSCW, Groupware and Workflow: Experiences, State of Art, and Future
Trends 
Jonathan Grudin, University of California, Irvine; Steven Poltrock,
Boeing Information and Support Services

Ethnography and Systems Development
Dave Randall, Manchester Metropolitan University; Mark Rouncefield,
Lancaster University

A Tour of Collaborative Applications and Infrastructures
Prasun Dewan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Working Through Collaboration: A Framework for Designing Technology
Support
John L. Bennett, Consultant; John Karat, IBM

Building Shared Information Systems
John Mariani, Lancaster University

Collaborative Virtual Environments
Steve Benford and Chris Greenhalgh, University of Nottingham

Groupware and Workflow Management Systems in Practice
Thomas Schael, Istituto RSO, Rome

A Structured Approach to Evaluating CSCW Applications
Erik Adriessen and Albert Arnold, Technical University of Delft ; 
Anne Anderson and Anne Marie Fleming, University of Glasgow


Sponsors
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ECSCW'97 is grateful for the generous support of the following sponsors:
Apple Computer Inc.
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
Holdens Computer Services Ltd.
And also for the support of:
National Westminster Bank plc

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