The Changing Dynamics of Scientific Collaborations

November 13th, 2009 by dario

Call for participation for a workshop at CSCW 2010
[submission deadline: November 20, 2009]

cscw 2010The confluence of two major trends in scientific research is leading to an upheaval in standard scientific practice and collaborative technologies. A new generation of scientists, working in large-scale collaborations, is repurposing social software for use in collaborative science. Existing social tools such as chat, IM, and FriendFind are being adopted and modified for use as group problem-solving facilities. At the same time, exponentially greater and more complex datasets are being generated at a rate that is challenging the limits of current hardware, software, and human cognitive capability. A concerted effort to create software that will support new scientific practices and handle this data tsunami is redefining the collaboratory and represents a new frontier for computer supported cooperative work.

This follow-on event to a similarly themed workshop at CHI 2009 is intended to foster community among researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines interested in the changing dynamics of scientific collaborations.

We encourage papers on the following topics, especially those with a focus on changing practices in these areas:

  • Collaborative scientific applications concerning data gathering,
    analysis, sharing, and visualization
  • Case studies concerning data gathering, analysis, sharing and visualization
  • Socio-technical research on scientific collaborations
  • Social networks of scientists
  • Repurposing social software for science
  • Participatory design and/or rapid prototyping for scientific software
  • Distributed data gathering and analysis
  • Time-critical scientific applications
  • Studies of generational differences in how science is done
  • Cross-functional applications and comparisons of a scientific to
    a non-scientific field

For more information, please see the workshop web site:


  • Cecilia Aragon, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab,
  • Jeffrey Heer, Stanford University,
  • Charlotte Lee, University of Washington,
  • Claudio Silva, University of Utah,
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2 Responses to “The Changing Dynamics of Scientific Collaborations”

  1. KateNo Gravatar Says:

    Speaking of “repurposing social software for use in collaborative science”, our company has a online research collaboration platform at Our goal is to help scientists and researchers share data, research progress online and eventually publish online together. I think our platform ” will support new scientific practices and handle data tsunami ” and it is “redefining the collaboratory and represents a new frontier for computer supported cooperative work”.

  2. Pavan KNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Dario. Interesting post and profile. I found your article after reading my friend Jose’s Google Wave review. We are also currently working on a collaborative solution to help academics connect, collaborate and share information. The intention is to make the interface so simple it literally speeds up human cognitive response times during varied interaction with the system. Can you point us to ways and means of measuring cognitive processing speeds in response to an interface please? Also interested in events like the one above.

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