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ODS 2010 : Open Design Spaces - Socially Crafting Interactive Experiences


When Aug 17, 2010 - Aug 17, 2010
Where Aarhus
Submission Deadline Jun 1, 2010
Notification Due Jun 25, 2010
Final Version Due Aug 1, 2010
Categories    HCI   design   software engineering   internet

Call For Papers


Active user communities can have an enormous creative potential for the development of interactive products. This becomes particularly obvious by recent achievements in the areas of digital and social media. Popular examples for the new forms of design collaboration are websites for customer-company exchange such as GetSatisfaction or RedesignMe, but also the appropriation of social network platforms such as Facebook or MySpace to support user-designer communities, or the myriads of mashups, apps, and plugins that have been built by user communities in order to enrich the interactive experience with digital products and that sometimes even become an inherent part of the product itself.

However, empowering user communities to engage in the development and evolution of interactive products or environments is usually a complex task that requires a deep understanding of both the underlying socio-technical processes and interaction principles. Open Design Spaces address this challenge and frame the growing research in this area. Open Design Spaces are environments for co-creation that encourage a continuous dialog between users and developers with the goal of transforming the traditionally separated spheres of design and use. User communities are regarded as co-designers who carry different interests and cultural backgrounds into the development process of interactive products.

The concept of Open Design Spaces is related to Participatory Design, Meta-Design, and End-User Development but addresses in particular social aspects of distributed and community-driven co-design in interactive environments. ODS are characterized by transparency, ad-hoc collaboration, self-organization, social feedback, evolving ideas, and evolutionary development. The aim of ODS is to foster the generation of novel ideas and the sharing of creative solutions to the benefit of the interactive product, its user community, and perceived experiences, having regard to the fact that participants are usually highly distributed and are sometimes even hard to anticipate in advance.


The workshop will specifically focus on the social aspects of Open Design Spaces. It will in particular address concepts and principles for successful co-design in online environments, the activation of large- and small-scale user communities and their integration in distributed design processes. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

* (Co-)Design cases related to Open Design Spaces
* Computer-mediated interaction in design processes
* Public design discourses & Open Innovation
* Distributed Participatory Design
* (Virtual) Living Labs
* Meta-Design and Open Systems
* Community engagement and user innovation
* Lightweight participation and collaboration
* End-user development & appropriation support
* User- and community-centered software development
* Reflections on the roles of designers and user communities
* Theoretical contributions to the field


Full papers (8-12 pages), position papers (2-4 pages), tool demonstrations and case studies (2-4 pages) are equally welcome as workshop submissions. Contributions should be formatted according to the ECSCW template and submitted in PDF format via EasyChair. All accepted papers will be published as a volume of the International Reports on Socio-Informatics (IRSI) (ISSN 1861-4280) after the workshop. Inquiries about the workshop can be directed to: ods-organizer[at]


* 1st June 2010: Paper submissions
* 25th June 2010: Notification on acceptance
* 1st August 2010: Camera-ready paper
* 17th August 2010: Workshop


* Steffen Budweg, Fraunhofer FIT, Germany
* Sebastian Draxler, University of Siegen, Germany
* Steffen Lohmann, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
* Asarnusch Rashid, FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik, Germany
* Gunnar Stevens, International Institute on Socio-Informatics, Germany

Program Committee:
* Paloma Díaz, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain
* Monica Divitini, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
* Pelle Ehn, Malmö University, Sweden
* Jean-Marie Favre, OneTree Technologies, Luxembourg
* Gerhard Fischer, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
* Asbjørn Følstad, SINTEF Oslo, Norway
* David Geerts, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
* Effie Lai-Chong Law, University of Leicester, UK
* Walid Maalej, University of Technology Munich, Germany
* Jörg Niesenhaus, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
* Wolfgang Prinz, Fraunhofer FIT & RWTH Aachen, Germany
* Hans Schaffers, ESoCE Net & Aalto University, Finland
* Alex Voss, St. Andrews University, UK

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