Dear members of the CSCW community,
This year, the CSCW general chairs have instituted a new role for the conference — that of the CSCW Meta Chairs. In this role, our goal is to deepen our understanding of the challenges we are currently facing, as a community (if any), and related opportunities for growth. We’re excited to charge forward! Below, very briefly, is the plan we’ve charted.
In Phase 1, i.e. NOW, we ask your help in determining the scope of our inquiry, using this 3-minute feedback form to identify areas that present pressing challenges and opportunities for growth, as seen by us all, and anything else that drives our curiosity. We’ll advertise this form using Facebook, Twitter, and mailing lists. This phase ends June 7.
In Phase 2, we’ll use input received to compose a survey as well as long and short interview protocols (approved by both the Georgia Tech and Marquette IRBs). While we conduct these survey/interviews, starting June 10, we’ll also look for informal feedback on social media, seeking responses to questions identified in Phase 1. This phase ends July 1.
In Phase 3, we will collect data from the Papers Chairs re: both rounds of the review cycle, and consolidate this with our findings above. This phase will end August 15.
In Phase 4, data will be analyzed and shared with the CSCW chairs. We will also collectively decide how to present our analysis at the conference. This phase will end on October 31.
At the conference, we will organize a panel (or unpanel) format. Our panelists will include a diverse set of stakeholders across the community, who will be interested and in a position of influence to apply the lessons learned through this process. They will take inputs and feedback, and respond to questions raised around results.
We will write up our findings in a Medium post for the CSCW blog. If the findings seem relevant for the rest of the HCI community, we may also write an article for Interactions.
If you have suggestions or feedback, do please share them with us. You can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com directly if you prefer. We’re waiting to hear from you!
See you in Austin!
Neha & Shion
CSCW 2019 Meta Chairs