New Book: “Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges”

The book I have edited with my meSch project colleagues Areti Damala, Eva Hornecker, Monika Lechner and Laura Maye has now been published by Routledge. “Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges” collects  ideas from different disciplines, cultures, methods and goals, to inspire scholars and practitioners involved in community heritage projects.

Cultural heritage communities of interest have increasingly expanded from cultural heritage professionals to volunteers, special interest groups and independent citizen-led initiative groups. Digital technology has also increasingly impacted cultural heritage by affording novel experiences of it – it features in a number of activities for all the aforementioned groups, as well as acting as support for visitors to cultural heritage centres. With different degrees of formality and training, these communities are increasingly defining and taking ownership of what is of value to them, thus reconfiguring the care, communication, interpretation and validation of heritage. Digital technology has played a crucial role in this transformative process.

In a fully international context, cultural heritage practitioners, community champions and academics from different fields of study have contributed to the book. Each chapter brings to the fore the multiple relationships between heritage, communities and technologies as a focus of study and reflection in an inclusive way. Contributions touch upon present and future opportunities for technology, as well as participatory design processes with different stakeholders.

CSCW 2017 Best Paper Award

It’s been a fantastic honour to receive a Best Paper Award at CSCW 2017 for the paper co-authored by Fabiano Pinatti, myself and Breda Gray “Detailing a Spectrum of Motivational Forces Shaping Nomadic Practices”. The paper is based on Fabiano‘s doctoral work as part of the “Nomadic Work/Life” project at the University of Limerick, and can be found on ACM Digital Library or by emailing me. Fabiano (now at the University of Siegen) did the honours presenting the work at the conference in Portland.
Abstract: “Recent CSCW research has shown that nomadicity can be seen as a dynamic process that emerges as people engage with practices supporting them in the mobilisation of their workplace to accomplish work in and across different locations. This paper elaborates on the emergent aspects of the process by detailing a spectrum of motivational and contextual forces that surround and shape nomadic practices. The paper contributes to existing CSCW literature on nomadicity and extends it by articulating the complex intersections of motive and context that shape nomadic practices. The findings that the paper presents emerged from an ethnographic study of a group of academics and their nomadic work/life practices.”

Funded PhD opportunities at SHU

Sheffield Hallam University of offering a number of fully-funded PhD scholarships in a variety of subject areas, including human-computer interaction.

Enquiries are welcome regarding one opportunity in human-centred computing that I would be supervising.

The scholarship is on the topic of work and life in the collaborative economy, and it is in collaboration with the COST Action initiative “From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy”.

The proposed project will consist of an in-depth, qualitative study of how being part of the “collaborative economy” affects people’s professional and personal lives, with a particular focus on how digital technologies mediate their practices. The focus will be on existing realities of cooperative, collaborative and “gig” work in the greater Sheffield area.

The project will be interdisciplinary, linking social science and computer-supported cooperative work and will feature extensive collaboration with the COST Action “From Sharing to Caring: Examining SocioTechnical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy”. COST Actions are initiatives for European Cooperation in Science and Technology. They fund training events, workshops and seminars, research visits and short-term scientific missions. The “SharingAndCaring” Action will run from 2017 to 2021 and will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to be part of a prestigious scientific network that includes both senior and early career researchers and other PhD students in at least ten countries.

You will be able to apply for and receive funding for activities relevant to your doctoral project through the COST Action “SharingAndCaring”, and will be able to join one or more of the Action’s working groups to benefit from opportunities for presenting and receiving feedback on your research, and for disseminating your work.

The project would be particularly suited for students interested in multidisciplinary work connecting computing and media to social and cultural phenomena. The ideal candidate will have a background and/or expertise in human-computer interaction, media or cultural studies, or social science with an interest in the impact of technology. Skills in qualitative research are desirable. Previous experience of working in or researching collaborative economy settings would be a plus.

You can find details here (research area number 1): 

Info on how to apply is at this link: 

Info on eligibility criteria: 

The deadline for submitting an application is at 12 noon on February 24th.

Please contact me directly to express an interest in applying.

2nd Career Development Forum at CHI 2017

This one day Forum will help new PHDs develop their careers in HCI through intensive interaction with senior mentors from academia and industry who have been successful in research and professional service. The event is open to all members of the HCI community who have received their PHDs in the past five years.


The Forum will be modeled after the CHI Doctoral Consortia and 2016’s first successful Career Development event at CHI. Each participant will be given 20 minutes to present and get feedback on his/her research and professional activities. We will also hold a series of panels in which senior researchers discuss (a) developing a career trajectory, (b) getting started in professional service, and (c) issues of work/life balance. Topics will include:

  • Building a cohort group of fellow HCI researchers.
  • Establishing a successful career path in academia, industry, and the nonprofit sector
  • Selecting and developing a research trajectory.
  • Identifying potential funding sources and preparing proposals.
  • Getting involved in professional service.
  • Communicating your work and strengthening your public profile
  • Balancing work, family and social life.


To apply, please submit the following by email to:

1. A single-authored paper (maximum of 3 pages) in SIGCHI Extended Abstract format describing:

  • Educational background and current position
  • Current research
  • Career, research and professional service goals for the next 5-7 years.
  • What you hope to gain from participating in the Forum

2. Your CV, including links to your website, blog or other public web presence.

 Full information at:


January 27, 2016: Submissions due

February 3rd, 2016: Decisions announced

February 12, 2016: Camera-ready submissions due

May 6 or 7, 2016: Career Development Forum

Luigina Ciolfi, Sheffield Hallam University

Michael Muller, IBM Research