Workshop Overview

UPDATE: Deadline for submitting position papers extended until 8th April 2016

“Infrastructuring Collaboration” is a workshop organized within the 12th International Conference on the Design of Collaborative Systems. As it is in COOP’s tradition “workshops provide an opportunity to discuss and explore emerging areas of research on designing cooperative systems with a group of like-minded researchers and practitioners. Workshops may focus on any aspect of theory or practice, established concerns or new ideas in the field of the design of cooperative systems. The goal of a workshop is to share understandings and experiences, to foster research communities, to learn from each other and to envision future directions.”

Theme – Infrastructuring Collaboration

Derived from the Latin cum (with) and laborare (to work), collaboration means the act of working alongside someone to achieve something. Framed in contemporary society such a definition emphasises the power of collaboration for achieving purposes that would be challenging for a person alone. However, the collaboration is far from being spontaneous and this is why it deserves the experts’ attention. How to support collaboration in design field was the theme of a full day workshop that we organised on the occasion of the 12th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems. The purpose was to engage participants in a discussion about collaboration while developing a discourse on infrastructuring. Such a term emphasises the complexity of activities that occur over-time in socio-material-technical contexts [1]. By applying the Open Space Technology (OST) [2], the workshop grounded on the question: “What should we consider for infrastructuring collaboration in design/-ing?” The participants were invited to reflect on the conditions for collaborating today that is how to infrastructure [3] collaboration in different domains while experiencing an infrastructuring process.

[1] Karasti, H.: Infrastructuring in Participatory Design. Proc. PDC 2014, October 06 – 10, Windhoek, Namibia (2014) 141-150
[2] Owen, H.: Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide. Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco (1997)
[3] Star, S.L., Bowker, G.C.: How to infrastructure? In: Lievrouw, L.A., Livingstone, S.L. (eds.): The Handbook of New Media. Social Shaping and Consequencesof ICTs. Sage, London (2002) 151-162 

Date & Venue

Date: the full day workshop will take place on Monday 23rd May

Location: Department of Information Engineering and Computer Sciences (DISI), Via Sommarive 5/9, 38123 Povo (TN).

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