All workshops will take place on the 27th of May 2014.
**Please contact the workshop organisers for information on the individual workshops, including submission deadlines**

Workshop 1: The Internet as Critical Infrastructure: socio-technical issues
Organisers: Heiko Niedermeyer, Georg Carle, David Hutchison, Jerry Busby and Mark Rouncefield
This half-day workshop has developed out of some shared interests in the EU funded Internet Science network of excellence, in particular JRA7 ‘Internet as a Critical Infrastructure: Security, Resilience and Dependability Aspects’. As the Internet replaces specially deployed data networks to become the carrier for an increasing number of critical applications – such as financial data transactions or security operations – the impact of failures in its operation can become dramatic. Essentially, the Internet has become a critical infrastructure, though it was not designed for this purpose. It is therefore imperative that we engage in a systematic approach to address risk and resilience to random failures, human errors, software or hardware faults, as well as political decisions and orchestrated malicious attacks at a broader socio- technical level, jointly investigating how threats arise, and how resilience and dependability can be provisioned. This approach will combine social actors using and operating critical applications on the Internet with work on the security and resilience of the Internet itself. The EINS working group aims to integrate technical, economical, sociological, political and legal viewpoints and expertise in addressing the criticality of the Internet infrastructure and the challenges that may arise from usage patterns, technical faults, local political decisions or malicious attackers. As such we believe it should prove of interest to a number of COOP participants – as well as those with broad interests in CSCW and HCI. The focus and theme of this workshop is specifically on the socio-technical aspects of the Internet as a Critical Infrastructure.
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Workshop 2: The European field study tradition
Organisers: Dave Randall, Pascal Salembier, Kjeld Schmidt and Ina Wagner. 
CSCW research, especially in Europe, is firmly rooted in ethnographic studies of work and other practices and, of course, ethnomethodology has played a key role in the development of this tradition. However, there is a much richer and varied field study tradition from which CSCW can benefit and indeed has benefited, such as the socio-technical school in organization and workplace studies, Francophone ergonomics, cognitive engineering, German industrial sociology and work psychology, to name but some of the most important ones. The aim of this workshop is to examine and compare these traditions with a view onto understanding how they contribute to the development of collaborative computing technologies. The workshop will also contribute to preparing a joint publication on the topic.


Workshop 3: Workshop Proposal: Cooperative Technologies in Democratic Processes – Beyond e-Voting
Organisers: Olav Wedege Bertelsen, Susanne Bødker, Fiorella De Cindio and Volkmar Pipek. 
Information technologies, including the Internet, have hit high penetration in most western countries, opening for wide application of cooperative technologies in civic life, such as local democracy, public debate etc. Over the last many years e-voting systems have been thought of as a possible way to get more people to engage in democracy: such systems do, however, not support new forms of engagement in the development of alternatives. They do not foster active citizenship but contrarily they maintain a principle of a political elite developing the politics and the grey masses voting for a few fixed options. We invite approaches to cooperative technologies that can support new forms of civic engagement. The goal of the workshop is to better understand technology support for forms of democracy such as direct and deliberative varieties by discussing concrete cases and technologies and by exploring conceptual and technical frameworks and approaches. We will aim for exemplars rather than a complete map of this emerging terrain. We further hope that the workshop can help an ongoing attempt to form a consortium that successfully can attract funding for further development of technologies and concepts and exploration in concrete contexts. Workshop website:


Workshop 4: The Role of Artefacts in Social Coordination
Organisers: Lise Arena, Bernard Conein and Alain Giboin
Social Science has long contributed to inform the design of cooperative (or CSCW) systems. Social scientists helped to identify, specify, explain and model the different types of group activities meant to be assisted by these systems; provided a better understanding of coordination activities and analysed artefacts mediating these activities. Accordingly, various studies have thus focused on the role of artefacts in social coordination. This workshop seeks to gather both social scientists and computer scientists as well as practitioners. Its goal is twofold: first and in an interdisciplinary perspective, it aims to review contributions in social science that have informed or that could inform the design of cooperative systems about the role of artefacts in coordination. Second, its purpose is to provide a better understanding of the role of artefacts in coordination at different levels or scales (micro, meso and macro) and analysed with different methods.


Workshop 5: Collective creativity: collaborative processes in new socio-technical environments
Organisers: Stephane Safin, Françoise Détienne and Jean-Marie Burkhardt

While creativity has been analysed and modelled during decades as an individual process (e.g. inter-individual differences), collective creativity has become a main focus of research more recently. This has brought to the forefront questions relative to creativity viewed as socially and technologically mediated, requiring new theoretical and empirical contributions to move towards more adapted tools and environments for collaborative creativity. This has been concomitant with the emergence of new contexts for creativity. Innovation teams of large companies are emerging and use specific methods, materials, spaces and technologies to foster ideation, creativity and innovation. Furthermore, beside traditional technologies for supporting creativity, internet based technologies and social networks, such as “crowdsourcing” networks, enable new forms of large-scale collective creativity. There is a need to more deeply understand the key factors of collective creativity, in particular in these new socio-technical contexts. Research themes concern:

  • Organizational contexts for creativity, e.g. organizational culture, roles, tolerance to incertitude
  • Interpersonal aspects of creativity , e.g. affect, tension regulation
  • Methods and technologies for collective creativity, e.g. design thinking methods, creative workshops
  • Creativity with users, consumers, e.g. use of cultural probes
  • Creativity in online communities, e.g. diversity and serendipity

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Workshop 6: USCIAMO: Workshop on Urban Sustainable, Collaborative and Adaptive MObility
Organisers: Stefania Castellani, Jutta Willamowski, Silvia Gabrielli and Antti Jylhä
Transportation is a key domain to address for promoting sustainability. Governments have developed a variety of interventions to support urban sustainable mobility. However, these do not always reach the critical mass required to achieve a large scale impact. Nowadays, single-occupancy vehicles constitute the main transportation means for most of the population. This induces high personal, societal, and environmental costs, e.g. pollution, time consumption, etc. To move a significant share of the population towards more sustainable urban transportation means many aspects have to be considered, such as improving the quality of (more sustainable) transportation and the traveller’s experience. In the context of this workshop, we are particularly interested to the following aspects:
·      Using game mechanisms and incentives to motivate behavior change.
·      Collaborative practices and tools to facilitate sustainable urban mobility
·      Understanding which role can and should the different stakeholders (public administration, commuters, companies, associations, etc.) play.
·      Effective design and assessment methods to refine and improve motivational functionalities for sustainable urban mobility over the long term.
We welcome submissions on studies, system design, implementation and deployment related (but not limited) to these topics. We are particularly interested in case studies describing systems proposed, promoted, and experimented by different stakeholders and related lessons learnt, identified requirements, etc.
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All workshops will take place on the 27th of May 2014.

For further information on the workshops programme contact the COOP 2014 workshops co-chairs: Nina Boulus-Rødje ( and Michael Prilla (

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