June 13, 2020

Henrik Korsgaard [1], Myriam Lewkowicz [2], Alexander Boden [3], Gabriela Avram [4], Susanne Bødker [1]
1 Aarhus University, Denmark,
2 Troyes University of Technology, France,
3 Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, Germany,
4 University of Limerick, Ireland

Enabled by technical platforms, sharing economies have been studied with regard to their economic, legal and social effects, as well as with regard to their possible influences on CSCW topics such as work, collaboration and trust. While a lot of research is ongoing around the sharing economy and related communities, there is little work addressing the phenomenon from a socio-technical point of view. In particular, there is little work in CSCW looking at the technology behind existing platforms, why it was defined this way, what are its impacts, and what would it mean to offer technology that would support local sharing economies in their cooperative activities. Our workshop is meant to address this gap. The aim is to identify research themes and gaps in the related work, and work towards a better understanding of core mechanisms and trade-offs in the design of future and inclusive platforms for the sharing economy.

More information: https://cio.cs.au.dk/ecscw-workshop/

Marén Schorch, Fabienne Seifert, Hussain A. Syed, Christoph Kotthaus, Volkmar Pipek
University of Siegen, Germany

This ECSCW workshop draws attention to research and development projects (R&D) that deal with cooperative and collaborative practices in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). European companies are for the most part SMEs: nine out of every ten companies can be defined as an SME (Eurostat 2015). They cover a huge variety of branches and fields, including diverse examples such as manufacturing, construction or IT start-ups, and meanwhile, there is again a growing sphere of CSCW projects that recognize the importance of this field. The empirical methods applied in such SME centered projects include qualitative methods with participant observation, interviewing or conducting co-design workshops, but also quantitative methods like the use of questionnaires or eye-tracking systems. In the workshop, we open up for sharing and reflecting experiences of doing research in SMEs and for discussing the characteristics and challenges of this (old and new) field in CSCW.

More information: https://ecscw2020methods.yolasite.com/

June 14, 2020

Sarah Rueller, Konstantin Aal, Marios Mouratidis, Dave Randall, Volker Wulf – University of Siegen
Nina Boulus-Rødje – Roskilde University (Denmark)
Bryan Semaan – Syracuse University

There are several frameworks and approaches, addressing how to conduct ethnographic and qualitative field work in various settings. However, going by the book might not be an option when conducting research in politically charged, unstable or simply non-western regions. Politics, social pressure and even someone’s personal safety might be necessary to consider. Another important area to consider are research ethics. Privacy policies might do their work with regard to existing laws which differ from each country and should ensure no harm for all involved parties, but how can this be guaranteed and does
it also cover all aspects of ethics? Including stakeholders as a basis for user-centered work and design is common. But what does participation mean in such contexts? The questions are: What is important to consider when conducting ethnographic field work in such settings? How can we foster different degrees of genuine participation? How can we ensure, that the work we do is ethically correct without endangering the research outcome? In this workshop, we invite researchers and practitioners to rethink existing methods and approaches and start working on guidelines, that better serves the needs of such specific and to some extent critical circumstances.

More information: http://messy-ethnography.org/

Katerina Cerna [1] , Martin Dickel [1] , Claudia Müller [1] , Eija Kärnä [2] , Vera Gallistl [3] , Franz Kolland [3] , Verena Reuter [4] , Gerhard Naegele [4] , Roberta Bevilacqua [5] , Heidi Kaspar [6] , Ulrich Otto [6]
1 IT for the Ageing Society, University of Siegen, Germany
2 School of Educational Sciences and Psychology, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
3 Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria
4 Institute for Gerontology, TU Dortmund University, Germany
5 Department of Clinical and Community Psychology, Bologna University, Italy
6 Careum University Health, Switzerland

In today’s complex society we need to learn on a daily basis during our whole life, especially when it comes to new digital tools on which our lives are increasingly more dependent. However, the way digital tools are designed is not well adjusted to learning how to use these tools in the later part of life. As a result, many older adults struggle with the integration of digital tools into their daily lives. Recently, older adults started to be involved in design through sustainable participatory approaches. However, this group is very heterogeneous and characterised by varied needs that have to be addressed with a fitting approach that is currently missing in E/CSCW and participatory design.

In this workshop we therefore want to bring together researchers from different disciplines to develop new approaches that will help us to design for sustainable tech-learning networks of older adults. ECSCW and related participatory design approaches have a long history of collaboration with different disciplines. Our workshop hence addresses the issues of how we can better understand supporting learning for life of tech-communities of older adults from an interdisciplinary perspective in the context of sustainable participatory design. The workshop participants will therefore have an opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities related to learning for life of tech-communities of older adults in the context of sustainable participatory design as well as to reflect over their own disciplinary position in relation to this topic.

More information: http://bit.ly/39a2RP9

Karin Hansson, Teresa Cerratto Pargman, Anna Dahlgren
Stockholm University

Increasing digitization and the emergence of new data sharing practices are likely to change how our understanding of history is negotiated. Archiving practices are not only fundamental for our understanding of the past but vital in navigating the present. We have to pay particular attention to the consequences of the interfaces that curate history, especially in relation to big data. Crowdsourcing, social media, linked open data, and other participatory and open science practices challenge the archiving practices in cultural heritage institutions, but they also open up new opportunities and practices when it comes to understanding and defining our shared culture.
In this workshop we will bring together researchers who have studied these issues or are working to develop critical perspectives on archiving practices.

More information: https://dataficationandculturalheritage.blogs.dsv.su.se/

Lars Rune Christensen [1], Ingrid Erickson [2], Richard Harper [3], Myriam Lewkowicz [4] & Gerolf Nauwerck [5]
1 IT University of Copenhagen;
2 School of Information Studies, Syracuse University;
3 Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University;
4 Université de Technologie de Troyes;
5 Uppsala University

The workshop is replaced by an extra session with invited participants. The session will focus on the planning of a special issue on the workshop theme. Contact insightsecscw2020@utt.fr if you would be interested in joining the discussion.

In this workshop at ECSCW2020, we wish to gather researchers and practitioners interested in identifying ways to better transfer findings ‘from the field’ to the managerial level.  Workplaces in all sectors are experiencing digitization spurred primarily by increasing access to data and AI. Many initiatives are failing to produce expected outcomes, and are even producing negative outcomes on workplace wellbeing. The insights generated by CSCW researchers often seem to have failed to reach their targets: the challenges and opportunities for successful appropriation of technology have rarely been adopted by managers, or they were not articulated in a way that facilitated follow-on success. A failure of academic research to impact the world is a known problem – information systems research is abundant with analysis of the managerial challenges that have not been noted by managers themselves – it has been less discussed among CSCW researchers.

More information: https://insightsecscw2020.wordpress.com