CSCW 2010: The 2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work • February 6–10, 2010 • Savannah, Georgia, USA


Advance Program — Workshops

Eight workshops will take place at CSCW 2010. Details on submitting papers to these workshops is given on the workshops' individual web pages (linked below).

Please note the workshop registration code (CSCW-W##) in the title of each workshop. You will need this code to register for your workshop.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 09:00–18:00

CSCW-W1: Collective Intelligence In Organizations: Toward a Research Agenda

A new generation of Web tools is penetrating into organizations after their successful adoption within the consumer domain (e.g., social networking; sharing of photos, videos, tags, or bookmarks; wiki-based editing). These tools and the collaborative processes that they support on the large scale are often referred to as Collective Intelligence (CI). The workshop will focus on CI tools for collaboration in work-related settings, especially for task forces now increasingly common in industry or government. The workshop is aimed at refining the problem, summarizing pioneer work on CI in general (i.e., exemplars of practices and tools), and ultimately developing a research agenda that specifically addresses the problem of supporting CI among workers in organizations.

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CSCW-W4: Revisiting Research Ethics in the Facebook Era: Challenges in Emerging CSCW Research

New research paradigms in CSCW come with unforeseen ethical challenges. In particular, online social research tests the boundaries of public observation, third-party disclosure, and anonymization methods. Furthermore, there are differences in norms about what is and is not ethical among various research disciplines studying the Web. This workshop will bring together CSCW researchers who are interested in ethical challenges and best practices for studying the Web. We anticipate this workshop will include a mix of seasoned veterans from industry and academia, HCI/CSCW educators, and newcomers to the field. From this workshop, we will foster the development of a network of researchers who will help shape university and corporate best practices for online research.

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CSCW-W6: Fun, seriously?

Fun and work are becoming intertwined in employees' experiences. Whether through serious games, social software, best practices, or corporate culture, fun at work is shaping how workers collaborate with each other. This workshop seeks to bring together a diverse community exploring research related to fun in a work context. Through position papers and interactive discussions, participants will discuss what does it mean to 'have fun' in a work context, why fun is important at work, how can fun be communicated through design, and how can fun be measured.

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Sunday, Feb. 7, 09:00–18:00

CSCW-W7: New Frontiers in Telepresence

Telepresence technology has only begun to scratch the surface of how people establish a sense of shared presence and space among separated members of a group. Attempting to broaden our current, limited conceptions of telepresence may uncover many new opportunities for telepresence innovation. For example, our current conceptions of telepresence meetings are as monolithic events. However, work is often varied and diverse in terms of people, topology, goals, history, relationships, etc. What new design space is defined if telepresence grew to encompass this variety of work? As a second example, telepresence supports what happens during typical meetings or calls. However, interactions among a pair or group of people span days, months, or years. How does the suite of telepresence experiences work together and play out in the long term? This workshop, using a "soapbox madness" approach, will identify major topics that break out of current, limited conceptions of telepresence to spur new technology ideas.

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CSCW-W8: Handovers & Handoffs: Collaborating in Turns

Handoffs and handovers are common domains. They are crucial to effective team performance, but are also considered ripe opportunities for the introduction of errors and inefficiencies. A workshop is proposed to examine the various types of handovers/handoffs, ways of better supporting handoffs/handovers with technology, and exploring possible benefits of handovers/handoffs. It is expected that the workshop will help advance understanding of handoffs/handover as a form of collaboration and will bring relevant collaboration research to bear on the problem of errors in handoffs/handovers.

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CSCW-W10: Collaborative Information retrieval

Although most digital information-seeking tools are designed for solo use, studies have shown that groups of many types (e.g., students, families, and knowledge workers) have shared information needs that are not adequately served by status quo technologies. This workshop seeks to bring together researchers with backgrounds in CSCW, social computing, information retrieval, library sciences, and HCI to discuss the research challenges associated with the emerging field of collaborative information seeking. This workshop will serve as an opportunity to make connections with researchers with diverse backgrounds, to learn about participants' works-in-progress, and to brainstorm on topics of mutual interest, such as developing standardized evaluation tasks for collaborative information seeking systems and considering how new media such as social networking and microblogging tools can play a role in collaborative information seeking.

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CSCW-W11: The Changing Dynamics of Scientific Collaborations

The confluence of two major trends in scientific research is leading to an upheaval in standard scientific practice and collaborative technologies. A new generation of scientists, working in large-scale collaborations, is repurposing social software for use in collaborative science. Existing social tools such as chat, IM, and FriendFind are being adopted and modified for use as group problem-solving facilities. At the same time, exponentially greater and more complex datasets are being generated at a rate that is challenging the limits of current hardware, software, and human cognitive capability. A concerted effort to create software that will support new scientific practices and handle this data tsunami is redefining the collaboratory and represents a new frontier for computer supported cooperative work. This follow-on event to a similarly themed workshop at CHI 2009 is intended to foster community among researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines interested in the changing dynamics of scientific collaborations.

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CSCW-W12: CSCW Research in Healthcare: Past, Present, and Future

Although many prior CSCW studies and technologies have focused on clinical and hospital settings, the changing nature of healthcare delivery opens a larger space for CSCW research. For instance, the concept of individuals managing their own health information through a Personal Health Record (PHR) raises new questions about collaboration mediated over differing levels of expertise and terminology, as well as across organizational boundaries and professional disciplines. This workshop has three main goals. First, we will explore the contributions that CSCW has made to our understanding of collaboration in the healthcare setting. Second, we will identify challenges to conducting research in the healthcare field. Third, we will develop a research agenda for future research in healthcare. Building on these discussions, participants will be encouraged to submit papers for a special issue of The International Journal of Medical Informatics on Collaboration in Healthcare Settings: The Role of Informatics.

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