Doing CSCW Research in Latin America: Differences, Opportunities, Challenges, and Lessons Learned - Agenda


The workshop will be structured so as to facilitate deep discussions on the challenges and opportunities of doing CSCW research in Latin America. In particular, the organizers are particularly interested in addressing a few critical questions relative to the role(s), value(s), and possibly future(s) of CSCW research in LA:

  • Theoretical constructs – What are the mains theories guiding CSCW thinking and doing in LA? What can the Anglophonic view of CSCW learn from the Latin CSCW? Or Global CSCW, for that matter?
  • Technological developments – what are the main technological questions and developments that have influenced LA CSCW research?
  • Key research methods – what are the main methods and methodologies used for investigating CSCW questions and technologies in LA? Or are we doing the same CSCW in a different site?
  • Social, cultural and technological issues – what are the questions and issues concerning local social, cultural, and technological contexts that affect LA CSCW research? Are there particular ways of doing CSCW in LA?

This daylong workshop will be divided into three main activities.

Session One – Participants will provide short presentations focused not only on traditional research issues: research question, methodology, theory, and technology, but also on local opportunities and challenges of doing CSCW research. The goal is to encourage an open-ended conversation about the similarities and differences across regions.

Ideas, issues, concepts, techniques, and the like from each presentation will be captured on cards (or post-it notes) by all participants and posted on the wall.

Session Two – After all presentations, participants will be then invited to go to the ‘wall’ and start collectively clustering the information. Afterwards, all participants and organizers will categorize and name the emerging themes. Participants will be then split in groups to discuss and further elaborate each individual cluster. Each group will design and sketch brief presentations using various materials available. All participants will then comment and discuss each individual group presentation.

Session Three – In the final session, all participants will have the opportunity to revisit the wall to review and critique the emerging themes and ideas as well as bring back issues left behind in the process. A final discussion will be guided toward encouraging the planning of future initiatives, events, and the like to help integrate the work from LA into the broader international CSCW.

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Description

9h00

 

9h30

 

Opening and Introductions

9h30

 

10h45

 

Presentations – CSCW in LA Case-Studies (15 min):

  1. Developing Urban Computing Applications for Socialization in Public Spaces
  2. Using Collective Intelligence to Improve Urban Mobility in Smart Cities
  3. A Social Analysis of One Laptop per Child in Paraguay
  4. Social Media and Repressive Regimes: The Case of Cuba and Venezuela
  5. WishBoard: Promoting Self-expression in Public Displays to Leverage the Notion of Community

10h45

 

11h00

 

Coffee Break

11h00

 

12h00

 

Presentations – CSCW in LA Reflections (15 min):

  1. Studying Gamification as a Collaboration Motivator for Virtual Software Teams: Social Issues, Cultural Issues, and Research Methods
  2. Ahora! Struggles of Collaborative Work Amongst Latin Americans
  3. Modeling a Design Process to Natural User Interface and not ICT Users
  4. 20+ years of CSCW in LA -- open remarks
  5. From CSCW to SBSC -- from doing CSCW in the US to CSCW in Brazil

12h00

 

13h00

 

Lunch

13h00

 

14h00

 

Break-out – Clustering & Group discussion and Analysis

14h00

 

15h00

 

Brainstorming and Theme-Syntheses

15h00

 

15h30

 

Coffee Break

15h30

 

16h30

 

Doing CSCW in LA Conclusions and Futures

16h30

 

17h00

 

Wrap-up: Leading toward CSCW 2017

 

Outcomes

This workshop will generate a report describing a strategy and plan for better integrating LA CSCW work into the broader international CSCW community. It aims at facilitating the formation of a committed group and creating means whereby this informal community can emerge and strive. The workshop will also help participants pin down critical technical, cultural and social issues to facilitate the further integration of CSCW research in LA into the mainstream CSCW. The discussions and organizing facilitated by the workshop will serve then as the framework for follow-on encounters, workshops, and developments.

 

 

 

 




IMPORTANT DATES

  • Paper submission deadline: December 5th, 2014 - 5PM PST
  • Paper acceptance notifications: December 9th, 2014


WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

  • Rogerio de Paula (IBM Research)
  • Cleidson R. B. de Souza (Vale Institute of Technology and UFPA)
  • David Millen (IBM Research)
  • Marcos R S Borges (PPGI/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
  • David Randall (University of Siegen)
  • Adriana Vivacqua (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)