2nd International Workshop on Comparative Informatics (IWCI-2011)
Understanding Cultural and Linguistic Influences in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Systems


Comparative informatics is the study of design, development, evaluation, use, and impact of information technologies across a diverse set of domains, organizations, contexts, cohorts, cultures, and countries. The scientific focus of the 2nd International Workshop on Comparative Informatics (IWCI-2011) is on the following core questions:

·         How can we better understand the mutual relations between information and communication technologies and cultures?

·         To what extent is the appropriation of technologies culturally relative?

·         To what extent do technologies exert their own agency regardless of local practices and cultural accommodations?

·         To what extent do people shape, alter, bend, adapt, adjust, align, configure, reconfigure, and re-imagine technologies?

Layered into the inherent complexities of technologies themselves as artifact whose qualities we do not fully understand are the technologies’ uptake and appropriation in multiple cultural contexts. Temporality will be a key discussion point at the workshop and we will discuss methodological and epistemological aspects of time and its relation to technologically mediated activity. Methodological discussion will also examine the applicability of the comparative method to informatics and will proceed to identify a range of appropriate research methods.

The workshop will have five themes: online gaming, e-government, social media, usability, and design

Anticipated Outcomes of the workshop

Given globalization and the multicultural social reality of the 21st century, it is clear that the core questions outlined about culture and technology cannot be approached without a coordinated global effort. A federation of researchers is required, for both practical and intellectual reasons, to shape and inform such investigations. IWCI 2011 aims to create such a research federation and a socio-technical environment to help sustain it. A collective research proposal is the targetted outcome of the two-day workshop.

Position Paper

IWCI-2011 Position Papers (ordered by file names)
Vatrapu- FSE 2009 Comparative Informatics Grant Proposal   (Slides)
Nardi--Occupational Identities--NSF Grant Proposal
Robertson--Comparative Analysis of Web-Based Political Dialog
Weiss-Evers-Exploring cultural factors in human-robot interaction: a matter of personality?
Abdelnour-Nocera et al-A Cross-national Study of HCI Education Experience and Representation
Aryana-Liem-Country-Specific Usability Evaluation: Experiences from Iran and Turkey
Liem et al-A culture and touchpoint approach to improve experiences in service and human-computer interaction design
Ressin-Abdelnour-Nocera-Comparing Development Roles in Software Localisation
Goggins-Mascaro--Social Media and Discourse
Zhengjie-Zhang-Li-Understanding Social Media in Different Contexts
Amichai-Hamburger-Improving cultural dialogue through changing sources of  self esteem

IWCI-2010 Position Papers
Exploring Culture Factors in HCI Design: A Perspective from SEUC
Culture and (i)literacy as challenges to Scandinavian cooperative design
Comparison as a process of translation
Explaining Culture: An Outline of a Theory of Socio-Technical Interactions
Regional Styles of Human-Computer Interaction
A Proposed Culture by ICT-Development Matrix for Digital Government
Network Technologies, Culture, and New Organizational Forms
Designing a Net Intergroup Contact Platform: Dealing with cultural Differences and Individual Similarities


Radisson BLU Falconer Hotel and Conference Center (Falkoner Alle 9, Copenhagen, DK-2000, Denmark)

Metro Directions from the Copenhagen Airport to the Radisson BLU Falconer Hotel

Workshop Program

DAY #01: Friday, 09-December-2011 (Dept. of IT Management, Copenhagen Business School, Howitzvej 60, 6.floor)

09:30 12:00

Presentations Session #1
10 minutes presentations by each participant
+ 10 minutes for discusson

Coffee Break at 10:45
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:45 Presentations Session #2

Coffee Break at 14:45

15:00 – 17:00 Presentations Session #3
19:00 23:00 Danish Christmas Dinner

DAY #2: Saturday, 10-December-2011 (Dept. of IT Management, Copenhagen Business School, Howitzvej 60, 2.floor)

09:00 12:00

Plenary Discussion (Theories & Methods)

The GRAND Narrative

Coffee Break at 10:30
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:30

Strategic Research Council Proposal

Collective Research Project

COST Action Proposal

Coffee Break at 14:30

19:00 23:00 Dinner (TBA)
Coffee, tea, fruit, cookies, water and soda will be available througout the workshop

 Workshop Participants

Ravi Vatrapu, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Torkil Clemmensen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Soley Rasmussen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Rob Veitch, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Abid Hussain, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Zeshan Jaffari, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Zhengjie Liu, Dalian Maritime University, China
Scott Robertson, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Bonnie Nardi, University of California-Irvine, USA
Sean Goggins, Drexel University, USA
Christopher Mascaro, Drexel University, USA
Vanessa Evers, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Astrid Weiss,  University of Twente, The Netherlands
Jose Abdelnour-Nocera, University of West London, UK
Malte Ressin, University of West London, UK
Kerstin Rose, Siemens Inc, Germany
André Liem, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Bijan Aryana, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel

Updated: 09-December-2011