--> I hope that this will be of interest

---- Doug

Please distribute to other interested people and lists -- THANK YOU!

                   Designing Across Borders:
        The Community Design of Community Networks

        ==  PDC '98(*) and CSCW 98(**) Workshop ==

                      November 14, 1998
                      The Westin Hotel
                      Seattle, WA  USA

The purpose of the workshop is to explore the current state and
possible futures of networked (geographic) community communication and
information systems ("community networks").  We are especially
interested in how participatory design techniques can be integrated
into design approaches and systems that are democratic and public.  We
believe that input from citizens as "lay designers" will provide
valuable insight into the development of effective systems in civic --
and other -- realms.  Finally, since these communication systems are
becoming global in nature, we feel that issues about localism and
globalism are extremely appropriate in the context of CSCW and
geographically-based community systems.

We will examine four main community design themes: (1) Looking at
Innovative Regional Systems; (2) Theorizing About New Systems; (3)
Recommendations and Future Directions; and (4) Critical Issues
(including how local community networks can work together forming a
network of networks).

This workshop will be convened by Paolo Barbesino (UK), Peter Van den
Bessalaer (The Netherlands), Fiorella de Cindio (Italy), Peter Mambrey
(Germany), Douglas Schuler (USA), Artur Serra (Spain), and Erik
Stolterman (Sweden).  We are all interested in research on public
computing systems and how to make them successful.  In fact one of the
aims of this workshop is to help further the development of a research
network on these themes.

The workshop is a full-day event that will provide participants with
an opportunity to engage in focussed discussions on the community
design of community networks with a small group of like-minded
researchers and practitioners.  Participation is limited to about
25 people.  Participants will be selected on the basis of short
(3-4 page) position papers, representing views and experience
relevant to the workshop topic.

Position papers should be sent to Doug Schuler at the address listed
below and should arrive no later than September 1, 1998.

There is an additional fee of $50 for workshop participation beyond the
conference (either PDC '98 or CSCW 98) fees, to cover the costs of
materials and refreshments.

For more information, email [log in to unmask] or see the workshop web
page at

Submissions should be sent to:  Doug Schuler
                                2202 N. 41st
                                WA 98103

(*) The Participatory Design Conference (PDC '98) is sponsored by
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.  Conference web

(**) The Computer Supported Cooperative Work Conference (CSCW '98) is
sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  Conference
web site: