The Serendipity Factor: Evaluating the Affordances of Digital Environments
SEADE (pronounced ‘seed’) Workshop at CHIIR 2016 (ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval) http://sigir.org/chiir2016/
Please download a copy of the program here: SEADE-Program
March 17, 2016, 9:00am-5:00pm, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
For two decades, research has sought to understand serendipity and how it may be facilitated in digital environments such as information visualization systems, search systems, and social media. The motivation for investigating serendipity comes from its association with positive outcomes that range from personal benefits to global rewards. To date, research has made significant headway in defining and mapping the process of serendipity and new tools are emerging to support it. But we lack robust methods of evaluating new or enhanced features, functions, and tools.
The goal of the Workshop is to examine how we balance the tension between diversity and novelty in designing digital environments and subsequently how we evaluate the ‘serendipitousness’ of those environments. We invite participants from a range of disciplines (e.g., information science, HCI, digital humanities, cognitive science) and research perspectives to help us solve this wicked problem.
“Is There Anything Serendipity Research Can Learn from Creativity Research?”
John Gero, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University
John Gero is the author or editor of over 50 books and more than 650 papers and book chapters in the fields of design science, design cognition, design computing, artificial intelligence, computer-aided design and cognitive science. He has been a Visiting Professor of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Design and Computation or Mechanical Engineering at MIT, UC-Berkeley, UCLA, Columbia and CMU in the USA, at Strathclyde and Loughborough in the UK, at INSA-Lyon and Provence in France and at EPFL in Switzerland. http://mason.gmu.edu/~jgero/
How to participate
Submit a 2-page paper using the ACM SIG Proceedings Template about your ongoing work, recent results, or study methods related to serendipity, either published, or work in progress. Possible themes for these papers may include, but are not limited to:
Evaluating whether or how digital environments enables erendipity
- Use of qualitative methods such as interviews and think-aloud to evaluate user perceptions
- Modifications to quantitative evaluation methods such as controlled experiments and log file analyses to test designs
- Identification of factors other than the environment (e.g., context, individual differences, strategies, emotions, attitudes) that influence serendipity that should be taken into consideration during evaluation
Designing elements and functions in digital environments so that serendipity is facilitated
- Application of theory and models in the design (or evaluation) of affordances related to serendipity
- Design of serendipitous digital environments (e.g., information visualization systems, recommender systems, digital libraries, search engines)
Authors of selected papers will be asked to
- A) give “lightning talks” on their work through a 5-minute presentation; or
- B) participate in a “show and tell event” to demonstrate their project or prototype.
In addition, just prior to and during the workshop we will be conducting a whirlwind Delphi study to identify essential and novel measures for assessing “serendipitousness.” The results of the group effort will be discussed at the Workshop to highlight pertinent measures.
At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop and all participants much register for the workshop.
**Submissions and inquiries can be sent to Lori McCay-Peet [email@example.com]**
Workshop website: http://sociodigital.net/2015/11/03/cfp-seade/
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015 January 8, 2016Notification: December 15, 2015 January 22, 2016
- Workshop date: March 17, 2016
Lori McCay-Peet, Dalhousie University, Canada
Elaine G. Toms, The University of Sheffield, UK
Anabel Quan-Haase, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
Program Committee Members
Naresh Argawal, Simmons College, USA
Jamshid Beheshti, McGill University, Canada
Lennart Björneborn, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Sanda Erdelez, University of Missouri, USA
Jannica Heinström, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Christoph Lutz, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Stephann Makri, City University London, UK
Kim Martin, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Xu Sun, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Simon Wakeling, University of Sheffield, UK