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Collaborative Infrastructuring 2009 : Collaborative Infrastructuring – Conceptualizing Emergence and Design of Information Infrastructures


When Sep 7, 2009 - Sep 7, 2009
Where Vienna, Austria
Submission Deadline Jul 3, 2009
Categories    infrastructures   collaboration

Call For Papers

Call for Position Papers for the "Collaborative Infrastructuring" workshop
organized at ECSCW'09 conference (
Vienna, September 7, 2009
Sumission deadline: July 3, 2009 (extended)

Collaborative Infrastructuring – Conceptualizing Emergence and Design of Information Infrastructures


The workshop aims to help develop a richer understanding of issues related to the analysis and design of infrastructures:
1) the concepts, issues and theories that can inform our analysis both of the infrastructures themselves, and of the processes of collaborative infrastructure design
2) the concepts, issues, theories and methods that can improve the processes of doing collaborative infrastructure design.
The workshop will examine issues around the collaborative design and use of information infrastructures through a collective sharing and analysis of case studies. We welcome as position papers analyses on empirical studies or descriptions of cases that the authors are familiar with. The workshop approach will be a collaborative activity involving a ‘live metareview’ over participants’ case studies. That is, the group will consider in turn a number of issues emerging from the cases. For each issue we will discuss whether and how it manifests in the particular infrastructure settings that each participant is familiar with or has studied. This will enable the participants to gain a richer understanding of the research space around infrastructure design and use. Goals of the one-day workshop are: case studies explored, key issues and special problematics identified, a poster prepared for the conference poster session, a journal special issue planned – and networking.

Karen Baker, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, USA
Pelle Ehn, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden
Sara Eriksén, School of Computing, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden
Helena Karasti, Department of Information Processing Science, University of Oulu, and Department of Information Technology, University of Turku, Finland
Volkmar Pipek, Institute for Information Systems, University of Siegen, Germany
Michael Twidale, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Workshop web site and workspace
A more detailed workshop description and other workshop information is posted at
A BSCW workspace is available at (for accepted participants by invitation after July 3)

Position paper submission
Position papers are invited that include one or more case studies, empirical research or at least some description of an infrastructure setting that the authors are familiar with and can discuss at the workshop. The position paper should also include some analysis of that setting, including but not limited to how infrastructure work is defined and how it is carried out.
Position papers will be published in a Special Issue of the 'International Reports on Socio-Informatics' ( A further book publication is planned.

Length 4-8 pages. Formatting instructions for submissions are available at

Submission of position papers: Position papers are to be submitted via email ( by July 3, 2009.

Maximum number of participants: Approximately 15

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