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The 2011 ACM Conference on
Computer Supported Cooperative Work
March 19–23, 2011 · Hangzhou, China

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W1: The Second International Workshop on Social Recommender Systems

Saturday, March 19, all dayin Regency III/IV

Social media sites have become tremendously popular in recent years. Yet, the abundance and popularity of social media floods users with huge volumes of information and hence poses a great challenge in terms of information finding. Social Recommender Systems aim to alleviate information overload for users by presenting the most relevant and useful information items. Social recommender systems that suggest content (e.g., wikis and forum posts), people, and communities often use personalization techniques to adapt to the needs and interests of individual users, or a group of users. This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners around the emerging topics of social recommender systems. We will review state-of-the-art advances in the field and identify key challenges going forward.

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W4: Tinkering, Crafts and Inventive Leisure Practices

Saturday, March 19, all dayin West Lake I

Tinkering, crafts and Inventive Leisure Practices (ILP) are a growing source of innovation and creativity, and are increasingly important sites of technological collaboration. These practices take many forms: modifying commoditized products, building electronics, knitting, crafting, carpentry, writing open-source software and much, much more. In this workshop we bring together researchers engaging with these communities for discussion of the role of such practices in CSCW, and particularly the different forms of such practices in different societies, including both developed and developing countries, urban and rural areas, work in formal and informal industry as well as the academy. We're open to participation from new researchers who may not have discussed their work in this field in an academic conference before, and accept submissions both in the form of short papers, and in the form of a project documented on Instructables, Ravelry, or other sites for sharing how-tos. Email us at or see for more details.

W6: Socializing Technology Among Seniors in Asia

Saturday, March 19, all dayin West Lake III

The socialization of technology, an essential aspect of sustainable technological diffusion and use, often involves an integration of technology in the routines of everyday life. It is more than a consequence of the practices enabled by novel technologies; but requires concerted efforts enacted by multiple social structures. The focus on such socialization in the study of technology is especially relevant for seniors in Asia, who come from very different cultural backgrounds, family units, societies, education, and have different expectations and exposure to technology when compared to their Western counterparts. The purpose of this workshop is two-fold. First it seeks to explore conditions facilitating the socialization of various technologies among seniors in Asia. In doing so, it seeks to study the impacts of technology in the ageing of the population and its potential in ameliorating the impacts of greying societies in the region.

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W7: Designing Social and Collaborative Systems for China

Saturday, March 19, all dayin Regency I

Despite the rise of social and collaborative software in China, relatively little research has been thus far conducted within the Chinese context. This two-day workshop focuses on the intriguing intersection of CSCW and China. It aims to serve as a catalyst towards establishing a community of researchers and practitioners around this emerging topic. This workshop will bring together a mix of CSCW researchers and practitioners, including social scientists, psychologists, designers, engineers and computer scientists, who are interested in designing social and collaborative systems for China, both Chinese and International, to (a) examine the development and use of social and collaborative technologies in China or for Chinese culture; (b) explore various viewpoints on timely issues and topics regarding CSCW and China; (c) outline approaches and identify some basic guidelines for building CSCW tools for China; and (d) foster an international community regarding CSCW and China.

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W5: Mobile Collaboration in the Developing World

Sunday, March 20, all dayin West Lake III

With the ever increasing use of mobile devices, especially in developing countries like China and India, we envision a new generation of applications that will change the ways that we work and live. In this workshop, we are interested in exploring how mobile devices and technologies are re-shaping collaboration among people in the developing world. For example, mobile collaboration technologies might help knowledge sharing among farmers, sales coordination among small commodity vendors, and family-based health care monitoring for the elderly. This forum will bring together researchers and practitioners in the areas of mobile computing, social collaboration, and technology for the developing world, as well as subject matter experts (e.g., experts in small commodity trading and family-based health care) to brainstorm and identify opportunities and test beds where we can develop and deploy new mobile collaboration applications in the developing world.

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W8: Social Media for Development

Sunday, March 20, all dayin Regency II

Recent projects and studies suggest there is interesting and diverse work emerging at the intersection of ICT4D — the application of information and communication technologies to socio-economic development — and social media. One trend both fields share is the rise of mobile: While ICT4D has been devoting increasing attention to mobile technologies due to their global reach, there has also been a surge in mobile social media applications for the developed world. Whether mobile or web-based, work by social media researchers indicates that social software may have significant potential in developing regions through support for citizen reporting, crowdsourcing, grassroots mapping, and education. Through position papers and interactive discussions, workshop participants will explore current work at the intersection of ICT4D and social media (we’ll call it "SM4D"), as well as challenges, emerging themes, and future directions.

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W9: Collaborative Privacy Practices in Social Media

Sunday, March 20, all dayin Regency I

Privacy protection and management in social media becomes increasingly important. The involvement of multiple stakeholders in personal data makes privacy protection and management no longer a task for individual users and thus requires the collaboration among all stakeholders. This workshop on collaborative privacy practices (CPP) has three main goals. First, we will explore the contributions that CSCW research has made to our understanding of CPP. Second, we will identify challenges to conceptualizing CPP and to designing and evaluating tools for enacting CPP. Third, we will develop a research agenda for future research on CPP.

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W10: The Eleventh International Workshop on Collaborative Editing Systems

Sunday, March 20, all dayin West Lake II

Collaborative editing (CE) is a classic topic in CSCW and a variety of CE systems have been used in academia as research vehicles to investigate key technical and social issues since the early days of CSCW. Most of the research issues explored in CE systems are also present in other collaborative systems. This workshop aims to bring together researchers and industry practitioners who are particularly interested in developing or using CE systems. We have successfully organized this workshop annually ten times at CSCW, GROUP, and ECSCW conferences. The workshop has been an important forum for the community to exchange ideas and foster collaboration opportunities. This year's workshop will focus on innovative applications of CE techniques to emerging platforms/systems, such as smartphone, social Web, real-time Web, and virtual world.

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W11: CSCW in China: State of the Art

Sunday, March 20, all dayin Regency V

The aim of this special workshop is to disseminate the state-of-the-art progress and innovative research achievements, and to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the debate and exchange of ideas concerning theoretical, practical, technical, and social issues in the area of CSCW in China. This workshop will encompass the diverse nature of research within the field and its related areas. Coverage ranges from ethnographic studies of cooperative work to reports on the development of CSCW systems and their technological foundations. Some top specialists in China will be invited to introduce what happened, is happening and will happen concerning CSCW in China. The topics will cover advanced technologies, tools and applications, as well as how Chinese researchers launch cooperative work with the worldwide community on future CSCW directions. We believe that this workshop will be attractive and encouraging to potential participants and directly beneficial to CSCW.

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