Welcome

... to the VID2k10 work and play space.  The major outcome we have for the workshop is a short book which introduces and instantiates the field of Values in the Design of Information Systems and Technology.  The book would be pitched at a wide general audience - aimed at the kind of reader that Don Norman reached with his Design of Everyday Things.  The idea is for us to cluster together in groups of five or six around a given object - either pre-existent or in formation and to analyze that object from a VID perspective.  General examples of objects include very large databases, modeling, community or political organizing, a coding language, traffic information systems and so forth.  For the purposes of this workshop, we have organized participants into the following topical categories (with examples of objects that might be appropriate):

    * Software systems (e.g. - e-mail clients, the Wave collaboration system, other operating systems)
    * Large-scale databases (e.g. - Zillow)
    * Hardware objects - (e.g. the OLPC laptop computer)
    * Virtual objects and communities - (e.g. WoW, MMORPGs, SecondLife, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, etc.)
    * Mobile computing environments - (e.g. Android and iPhone app development commmunities, systems and structures)
    * Government 2.0 - (e.g. Apps for Democracy)

Of course, this list does not span the possible universe, nor is it meant to foreclose other interesting avenues that may arise.  At the workshop, each group will have an hour to present on their topic and get feedback.  We have designated this website as the common workspace.  From January until the workshop, each cluster will work as possible to bring their project to some stage of completion - anything from initial ideas to finished project is fine.  Helen, Leigh and Geof will work across the clusters to try to conjure them into an appealing shape for a book.  We strongly recommend the use of rich media in presentations - I would like to see a web presence for the site as well as the book: much as for
Peter Lunenfeld's series for MIT.  Lateral thinking welcome!

We very much look forward to working with you.

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