Call: “Collaborative usage and development of models and visualizations” – Workshop at ECSCW 2011

Workshop: “Collaborative usage and development of models and visualizations”
at ECSCW 2011 (European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work)

Date: 24 or 25 September, 2011 (still pending)
Venue: Aarhus University, Denmark
Download the workshop description here.

The usage of graphical representations of work and business process such as process models can be considered a common practice in modern organizations. As their development can become a complex task it is reasonable to draft them collaboratively. Also they become increasingly useful when used by larger groups throughout an organization. However despite modeling being a popular approach in practice, models are hardly used by non-experts and have little impact on the people actually working in these processes. This raises questions such as why there is so little use of models after their creation, how this usage can be increased and which kind of tools and modes of interaction are suitable for non-modeling experts. Furthermore collaborative modeling most of the time remains restricted to collocated facilitated workshops. This approach however is not feasible as processes have to be rapidly adjusted to changing conditions inside and outside of an organization. Given the increasing usage of graphical representations in organizations, their collaborative use and creation is of vital interest for the CSCW community and therefore this workshop can be a starting point in forming a research community.


The workshop welcomes different kind of contributions, including the description of case studies and other empirical work on model usage and development, position papers e.g. describing future research and educational experiences with collaborative models usage and development. Topics of the workshop include but are not restricted to the following:

  • Collaborative development of and interaction with models in different settings such as:
    • Collocated workshops
    • Dislocated collaboration on models
    • Continuous usage and development of models by non-expert users during their everyday work
    • Lectures / Teaching
  • Processes and approaches of collaborative modeling
    • Studies of collaborative modeling approaches
    • Application domains and scenarios for collaborative modeling
    • Enabling a smooth transition between different collaboration modes
    • Creative interaction with models and processes
    • Roles in collaborative modeling
  • Processes and settings of collaborative usage of process models
    • Usage of common visualizations for reflection – reconsideration of processes with models
    • Communicating about shared models and creating a shared understanding
    • Using models for knowledge documentation and transfer
    • Roles in the collaborative usage of models
  • Overcoming barriers:
    • Supporting users in translating their thoughts into a modeling language
    • Lowering the distance between users and models through facilitation strategies and tools
    • Increasing the acceptance of models
    • Identify and tackle influencing factors on the suitability of models for different target groups and usage contexts
  • The influence of users on models (e.g. collaborative modeling participants on models) and the influence of models on users (e.g. users discussing a model and behavior changes)


In order to provide suitable means for researchers as well as practioners we will accept contributions in two different formats:

  • Short papers such as reports of best practices or position papers which may not exceed 3 pages.
  • Long papers of such as reports of empirical studies or research in progress which may not exceed 6 pages.

All contributions have to be formatted according to the ECSCW formatting instructions and must be submitted in PDF format via eMail to
Author kits and paper templates are available at the ECSCW website.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts (100 – 150 words) is June 1 while the full paper deadline will be June 15.


Alexander Nolte, University of Bochum, Germany
Michael Prilla, University of Bochum, Germany
Stephan Lukosch, TU Delft, Netherlands
Gwendolyn Kolfschoten, TU Delft, Netherlands
Thomas Herrmann, University of Bochum, Germany

Program Committee

Joseph Barjis, TU Delft, Netherlands
Kawtar Benghazi, University of Granada, Spain
Vojtěch Merunka, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
Manuel Noguera García, University of Granada, Spain
Selmin Nurcan, University Paris, France
Carsten Ritterskamp, adesso AG, Germany
Irina Rychkova, University Paris 1 Pantheon – Sorbonne, France
Stefan Strecker, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

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