Call for papers - Special Issue JCSCW

Collaborative work and innovative media in a digital economy

The ‘digital economy’ and new practices of collaboration are important emergent phenomena of contemporary work. Web 2.0, Web 3.0, open source and social media – such as YouTube, Second Life, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Freecycle, eBay, Creative Commons, OSI, Google Latitude, Twine, Lycos and Hakia – are enabling people to produce and consume goods, media and services in new ways, sometimes implicitly developing ideas from research in computer supported cooperative work. However, is what is happening here really collaboration and collaborative work, if by ‘work’ we mean highly skilled practices in which sophisticated methods of coordination have developed? Are new opportunities for sharing, crowd-sourcing, social search, micro-coordination, user generated content, participatory culture, collective intelligence and community management/puppet-mastering collaboration ‘lite’, ‘deep’, or avantgarde forms of collaboration? How are new – often ‘open’ and ‘free’ – forms of collaboration and exchange organized and how well are they supported by technology? Are they being integrated and appropriated into more conventionally conceived collaborative work practices? How? With what consequences? What are the dangers and unintended consequences? How could they be addressed? What challenges and opportunities are there for CSCW design?

CSCW approaches to the study of work may greatly enhance understanding of emergent digital economy practices, and much can be learned from reviews of studies of these practices in other fields. A concerted effort to bring CSCW design sensitivities and designs more explicitly to new forms of collaboration as well as their integration and creative appropriation into collaborative work could be powerful.

This special issue on ‘Collaborative work and innovative media in a digital economy’ builds on a series of workshops held by the IMDE – Innovative Media for a Digital Economy Research Cluster, funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. It seeks to bring together a collection of original and high quality research in this area. The collection will appear in an upcoming issue (2010) of The Journal of Collaborative Computing (www.springerlink.com/content/100250/). Topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Studies of collaborative practice in the digital economy, especially with a focus on the emergence of distinctive new media practices
  • Reviews that evaluate existing platforms/technologies in use
  • Descriptions and evaluations of prototypical systems designed to support collaborative work in digital economies
  • Concepts that are instrumental for understanding digital economy and new media practices, the role and potential of CSCW technology design


Contributions should focus on how they develop CSCW’s empirical, conceptual and/or technical knowledge.
important dates

17th April 2010: Deadline for submission of manuscripts
30th June 2010: Notification of acceptance
2nd August 2010: Submission of camera-ready papers
Publication with quick turn-around.

Submission
We seek high quality and original submissions on the topic of Collaborative work and innovative media in a digital economy. Submission of manuscripts (between 6000 and 10000 words, where a figure equals 250 words) are invited. Please follow the layout guidelines given in the Instructions for Authors on the publisher’s web page (http://www.springer.com/computer/journal/10606). The manuscript (in PDF, PS or MS-Word) should be submitted via the publisher’s submission website.

Review board and process
Each paper will be reviewed by at least 3 independent experts in the field. Reviewers will be members of the JCSCW advisory board and further researchers in the area of the special issue.

Guest Editors
Coordinating Editor: Monika Buscher, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University, UK. m.buscher@lancaster.ac.uk
Marina Jirotka, Oxford E-Research Centre, Oxford University
Annamaria Carusi, Oxford E-Research Centre, Oxford University
Paul Luff, Department of Management, King’s College London

Please contact

Monika Buscher
Email: m.buscher@lancaster.ac.uk

posted : Friday, January 29th, 2010

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What do you get if you cross social media and arts audiences?
Event linked to the EPSRC Research cluster on Innovative Media for a Digital Economy. This one’s home grown. The second day of my event.
Check out Andy’s flickr slideshow

What do you get if you cross social media and arts audiences?

Event linked to the EPSRC Research cluster on Innovative Media for a Digital Economy. This one’s home grown. The second day of my event.

Check out Andy’s flickr slideshow

posted : Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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The Innovative Media for Digital Economies research programme is in conjunction with the Oxford University E-Research Centre, the Work Interaction and Technology Group at King’s College, London and the ImaginationLab at Lancaster University

The Innovative Media for Digital Economies research programme is in conjunction with the Oxford University E-Research Centre, the Work Interaction and Technology Group at King’s College, London and the ImaginationLab at Lancaster University

posted : Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

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Visit our IMDE Map to see what our Research Cluster has been doing.

Visit our IMDE Map to see what our Research Cluster has been doing.

posted : Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

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Q: What Do You Get If Your Cross Social Media with Arts Audiences? A: Find out by joining us for an IMDE workshop on the 16th March 2009 at FACT, in Liverpool. Limited Places, For more information, visit: http://whatdoyougetif.wordpress.com or contact Dr Andy Miah email@andymiah.net
Q: What Do You Get If Your Cross Social Media with Arts Audiences?
A: Find out by joining us for an IMDE workshop on the 16th March 2009 at FACT, in Liverpool. Limited Places, For more information, visit: http://whatdoyougetif.wordpress.com or contact Dr Andy Miah email@andymiah.net

posted : Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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Mobility futures workshop 17th March 2009

MODE: Mobility futures in a Digital Economy

We would like to invite you to attend an ‘imagination lab’ on ‘Mobility futures in a Digital Economy’. The lab is part of the EPSRC Digital Economy funded pilot study MODE (Mobilitiy futures in a digital economy), funded by the EPSRC Innovative Media for a Digital Economy cluster.  The aim of the workshop is to generate scenarios for future urban mobility systems and to investigate possible opportunities for further research.

Current debates, and especially Dennis and Urry’s thesis in ‘After the car’ (Polity, forthcoming), suggest that the current automobility system of privately-owned, fossil-fueled vehicles is outdated. Dennis and Urry observe the development of a digital nexus system. We will discuss and generate scenarios around emerging visions for the digital nexus system, exploring a diverse range of issues in terms of what citizens/stakeholders/organisations experience and value. These could include: efficiency, sustainability, cost, safety, comfort and privacy.

The workshop will take place on

Tuesday 17th March 2009, 10:30 – 17:30
Lancaster University
Institute for Advanced Studies, IAS, Meeting Room MR3

The workshop is run by the Centre for Mobilities Research, the mobilities.lab and ImaginationLancaster.

http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/centres/cemore/

http://imagination.lancaster.ac.uk/

and part of the IMDE EPSRC Digital Economy cluster

http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/research/digital-economy

The scenario generation process will be

  • facilitated - with tools and methods from social science, art & design
  • inspired – by Kingsley Dennis’ and John Urry’s development of Foresight scenarios in their book ‘After the car’ (particularly their ‘digital nexus’ scenario); technologies and observations of emergent practices in the digital economy; avantgarde art and design approaches
  • 'grounded' - through ethnographic video and interview data with stakeholders, citizens in, and visitors to Manchester
  • post-disciplinary – the lab is designed to not only bring together people with expertise in everyday practice, engineering, IT, art, design, social science, economics, public policy, urban planning,  and more; but also to create opportunity, incentives, ‘anchors’ and avenues for ‘deep’ collaboration, connections, and creativity

There is only space for 25 participants. We would highly value IMDE cluster participants’ expertise and would be delighted if you could attend. Please could you let us know by 23 February, by sending an email to

matthews_gareth@hotmail.co.uk

with best wishes

the MODE research team

Monika Buscher, Daniela Sangiorgi, Julien McHardy, Gareth Matthews, Martin Pedersen, James Tomasson

posted : Monday, February 9th, 2009

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After the car
After the car

posted : Monday, February 9th, 2009

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Promoting creative collaboration workshop 19 March 2009

PACT: Promoting Art and creative industries collaboration

We would like to invite you to attend an ‘imagination lab’ on ‘Promoting Art and creative industries collaboration’. The lab is part of the EPSRC Digital Economy funded pilot study PACT ( Promoting Art and creative industries Collaboration), funded by the EPSRC Innovative Media for a Digital Economy cluster.  The aim of the workshop is to generate scenarios for the design of environments and ‘climates’ conducive to collaboration across the boundaries of art, craft, community, industry and the academy and to investigate possible opportunities for further research.

Current debates highlight the value of creative enterprise to the UK economy and culture. Synergy between often intrinsically anarchic, experimental, individualistic, intellectually and aesthetically ambitious publicly funded art, commercially oriented creative industries, and creativity in the academy and in the community, seems critical to developing creativity as the engine of economic growth for towns, cities and regions, but it is ill understood. What is the role of the built environment? What kinds of practices, services, infrastructures - ‘climatic’ and cultural conditions are needed? What is the role of digital social technology systems in this process, and particularly in approaches of leading through practice? How can one design and implement technology for improved synergy?

Researchers at Lancaster University are working with the Storey Gallery in Lancaster to investigate collaboration and synergy between publicly-funded arts organisations, commercial creative businesses, and the wider community.  The development of the new Storey creative industry centre in Lancaster provides an opportunity for an exemplar study of such activities.

The workshop will take place on
on Thursday 19th March 2009, 10:30 – 17:30
Lancaster University
Venue The Storey, Lancaster
http://www.storeygallery.org.uk/
http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/General.asp?id=SX9452-A780B8E5

The workshop is run by the Centre for Mobilities Research, the mobilities.lab and ImaginationLancaster.
http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/centres/cemore/
http://imagination.lancaster.ac.uk/
and part of the IMDE EPSRC Digital Economy cluster
http://www.oerc.ox.ac.uk/research/digital-economy

The scenario generation process will be

  • facilitated - with tools and methods from social science, art & design 
  • inspired – for example, by Douglas and Fremantle’s framework for  ‘Leading through Practice’; technologies and observations of emergent practices in the digital economy; avantgarde art and design approaches
  •  ‘grounded’ - through ethnographic video and interview data with practitioners, stakeholders, citizens in, and visitors to a series of ‘creative hubs’ throughout the UK (e.g. Access Space, Sheffield, Spike Island, Bristol, Salford Media City)
  • post-disciplinary – the lab is designed to not only bring together people with expertise in everyday practice, engineering, IT, art, design, social science, economics, public policy, urban planning,  and more; but also to create opportunity, incentives, ‘anchors’ and avenues for ‘deep’ collaboration, connections, and creativity

There is only space for 25 participants. We highly value your IMDE participants’ expertise and would be delighted if you could attend. Please could you let us know by 6 March, by replying to
j.southern3@lancaster.ac.uk

with best wishes

The PACT research team
Jen Southern, HyunJoo Lee, Monika Buscher, Daniela Sangiorgi – Lancaster University
John Angus - Storey Gallery, Lancaster 

posted : Monday, February 9th, 2009

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The Innovative Media for the Digital Economy Springboard Event

… will be held:

26th – 27th March, 2009
Commonwealth Club, 25 Northumberland Avenue London WC2N 5AP

Day One:

Welcome
Keynote speaker: Charles Leadbeater
Panel discussion: Social networking technologies and critical practice
Lunch
The IMDE roadmap + Presentations from IMDE funded projects
Next steps
Dinner

Day Two

Presentations of papers for a potential special issue of the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work

A call for papers to the whole IMDE community will be issued shortly.

The workshop will present the roadmap for research into innovative media. An important focus of the event will be to deepen the discussion about the role and value of innovative media in the digital economy.

posted : Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

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Andy Miah

Andy Miah, IMDE Research Cluster participant appeared on Andrew Marr’s Start the Week, talking about the book Human Futures. Listen to the podcast on the Radio 4 website.

posted : Monday, December 15th, 2008

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