PDC: PDC 2004 the eighth biennial Participatory Design Conference - Artful Integration Interweaving Media, Materials and Practices, July 27-31, 2004, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, Toronto 2003.

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Participatory Design Conference PDC 2004
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27.07.2004 00:00 bis 31.07.2004 23:59 in Toronto, Canda

Paper Deadline: 09.01.2004

PDC 2004 the eighth biennial Participatory Design Conference

Artful Integration Interweaving Media, Materials and Practices

July 27-31, 2004, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)

In cooperation with the ACM and IFIP (pending)

Academic sponsors:
Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), University of Toronto
Faculty of Information Studies (FIS), University of Toronto

Participatory Design (PD) is a diverse collection of principles and
practices aimed at making technologies and social institutions more
responsive to human needs. A central tenet of PD is the direct
involvement of people in the co-design of the systems they use.

The Participatory Design Conferences, held every two years since 1990,
have brought together a multidisciplinary and international group of
software developers, researchers, social scientists, designers,
activists, practitioners, users, citizens, cultural workers and managers
who adopt distinctively participatory approaches in the development of
information and communication artifacts, systems, services and

Participatory design approaches have been used in traditional application
domains (such as computer systems for business, health care and
governmental) and are also relevant in emerging areas such as web-portal
design, e-government services, community networks, enterprise resource
planning, public (and other) CSCW (computer supported cooperative work)
systems, social administration & community development,
university/community partnerships, tele-health, communities of practice
and political deliberation / mobilization (e-democracy), digital arts and
design, scholarship and teaching with mediated technologies (e-learning),
the experience of a sense of place, cultural production and cultural
institutions. We further welcome submissions that explore the
relationship between PD approaches and the design of ICT (information and
communication technology) infrastructures such as open source projects,
standards, protocols, new media, policy, broadband and WiFi (Wireless
Fidelity) networks and the like, and how in turn they may enable and
constrain the possibilities for participation.

Participatory designers of ICT-applications may learn from, and,
hopefully contribute to, work in other fields, such as community and
organizational development, architecture, urban planning, policy
development, media, design and art, especially insofar as these fields
increasingly use ICTs.

Participatory design approaches can be applied in various social settings
such as local communities, government agencies, civil society, NGOs,
schools and universities, companies, trade unions, etc. each with its own
distinctive stakeholder arenas and power relations.

The overall theme of the 2004 conference, "Artful Integration:
Interweaving Media, Materials and Practices" describes a central reality
of participatory design. It recognizes that an essential ingredient in
design practice is the working together of multiple, heterogeneous
elements. Whereas conventional design approaches emphasize the role of
the designer and the creation of singular "things," artful integration
calls attention to the collective interweaving of people, artifacts and
processes to achieve practical, aesthetic or emancipatory syntheses. The
conference will include the inauguration of the "Artful Integrators
Award" for exemplary work in participatory design.

We invite contributions on all aspects of participatory design,
especially those that address concerns discussed above. Share your artful
integrations with the broader community!


We invite submissions for the following types of sessions (described more
fully below):
- Research papers (maximum 10 pages)
- Short papers (maximum 4 pages) research works in progress, field
experiences / stories from reflective practitioners, tools and
techniques reports)
- Pre-Conference workshops (2 page proposals)
- Conference workshops (2 page proposals)
- Artifacts, posters, interactive demonstrations, art installations (2
page proposals)
- Tutorials (2 page proposals)
- Doctoral consortium

Research Papers

Deadline: January 9, 2004

We aim to publish the accepted research papers in book form through an
academic publisher. High academic standards will be expected. Maximum
length of research papers is 10 pages. Each submitted paper will be
double blind reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. Authors are invited to
suggest names and contact information of one or two possible reviewers to
supplement reviews by Program Committee members. Such prospective
reviewers should have demonstrable expertise in the relevant field and be
at arms-length from the author(s) and the work presented.

Accepted papers should be revised according to the review reports and the
language should be checked by a native English speaker. Deadline for
submitting the camera-ready manuscript is May 10, 2004.

Short Papers (maximum 4 pages) (Chair: Joan Greenbaum)

Deadline: May 1, 2004

Short papers cover a range of possible formats and audiences
- Research works in progress: research which is not yet ready to be
evaluated in a peer review. Short papers could cover research designs,
fieldwork, and/or preliminary research results.

- Stories about experiences by reflective practitioners: we are
especially interested in short papers in which practitioners describe
their practical experiences with the (non) participation of users.
These reports may be derived from a variety of settings, but should as
a general feature describe the various stakeholders in the design
process, their mutual interactions, and how they were affected.

- Tools and techniques reports: the description of tools and
techniques, and of the application of these tools and techniques,
showing their usability for participatory design.

- Short papers are also welcome that fit the "pattern" format organized
by problem, context, discussion, solution and references.

Pre-Conference Workshops (Chair Judith Gregory)

Deadline: January 23, 2004

Full-or half-day invitational workshops will be held Wednesday, July 28,
2004. The proposal should contain a title, goals, technique, relevance to
PD and a schedule. Intended participants and how they will be recruited
should also be described. Workshop topics can include methods, practices,
or other areas of interest. Note that fees may be charged to cover
workshop expenses (such as lunch, materials, or equipment set up) but
workshop organizers are not paid.

Conference Workshops (Chairs Peter Mambrey & Patricia Sachs)

Deadline: May 1, 2004

Conference workshops will be convened on July 30 from 2-5 PM. Attendees
will sign up for these workshops at the conference itself. Please submit
a two page proposal which includes title, goals, objectives, and methods
for making the workshop interactive with the participants. Please
indicate as the relevant background of the leaders, intended
participants, the maximum number of participants and whether you would
need special equipment.

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