HICSS 40 CFP to "New Information Technology: Ways & Means"

An invitation to write a paper for the HICSS 40 track on Digital Media

Using Information: New Technologies, Ways, & Means

Are blogs changing the world? Will millions of people adding tags to content affect use patterns? How do wikis, RSS feeds, ever-present search, and constantly renewed online newspapers change information use and creation? How will they affect existing patterns of using information and knowledge in homes and organizations?

There is now an efflorescence of new media, highly available content and information—as well as new ways of finding, using and interacting with this new information wealth. This is true for our personal computers, within organizations, and on the internet.

As these new forms grow and flourish, new methods for creating, sharing, reading and writing are emerging as well.

Just as importantly, the content and technologies merge and blur into one another, causing new kinds of media and uses to emerge from the combinations. How all these new opportunities arise, form and are used is the topic of interest.

This minitrack at HICSS will focus on how new technologies for using this information are being created and used. In particular, we are interested in work regarding the design, creation and use of information in many settings, particularly in ways that are newly emerging and especially innovative. We seek high quality papers across a broad spectrum of topics in this area.

Specific topics include but are not restricted to:

* How does social tagging change the ways information is

found, shared, and used? Will socially tagged content pave

the way to shared taxonomies of content?

* How do people read and write in the new technologies? How

Is content adopted, adapted, co-opted and understood by readers?

* Content analysis, video and document summarization techniques

* New kinds of search and access mechanisms

* Multimedia document browsing, reading, interacting

* Mixes, mashups and re-edits of material are fascinating. How and

why are people creating these new forms?

* Does content access control change the nature of its meaning?

For example, why is FaceSpace so attractive despite its closed

membership? How and why does it differ from MySpace?

* How are media designed for and used by specific populations?

* What are the privacy and accountability implications of these new media?

* What changes as tools and approaches first adopted by

students or consumers move into enterprises?

* Use of rich media over a variety of displays and new technologies,

from handheld devices to large interactive display surfaces

In other words, how does media literacy—in all its forms and manifestations—make a difference in the way people read and write in the new media? Studies, experiments, system designs and observational studies are all encouraged.

Please send your questions and potential papers to:

New Technologies for Information Use Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Daniel M. Russell

Google Inc.

1400 Amphitheatre Blvd.

Mountain View, CA 94043 USA

Phone (W): 650-253-8464

Email: drussell@google.com

Jonathan Grudin

Microsoft Research

One Microsoft Way

Redmond, WA 98052-6399 USA

Phone: 425-706-0784

Email: jgrudin@microsoft.com

Last edited: March 21, 2006