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.
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.
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.
Coordinating Editor: Monika Buscher, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University, UK. email@example.com
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