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Congratulations to Steve Harrison on Receiving the CSCW Lasting Impact Award

October 22, 2021

Steve Harrison

Congratulations to Steve Harrison (CS) on the selection of his 1996 paper, “Re-place-ing space: the roles of place and space in collaborative systems" (co-authored by Paul Dourish) for the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work And Social Computing (CSCW) Lasting Impact Award.  This work was seminal in drawing attention to the ways that mediated interaction differs from as well as resembles the various ways of being co-present, thus pre-saging the age of Zoom long before computers had cameras.  The paper argues that space is the (amorphous) opportunity, but place is the experienced reality that frames behavior.  It also helped pave the way towards the notion of UX (“user experience”): the idea that experience may be designed.  

In general, the field of CSCW features research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks. Bringing together top researchers and practitioners, CSCW explores the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work and life activities. The Lasting Impact Award goes to papers at least 10 years old  that have had an impact on CSCW as a field. Nominations are taken from the community, and the decision is made by a committee of senior CSCW scholars. CSCW will be held October 24-27, 2021. A panel discussion about the paper is available for those attending the conference on Tuesday, October 26 at 16:00.