CFP: Digital Documentation (12/1/05; collection)

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CFP: Digital Citizenship: Technology, Documentation, and the Divide
Editors: Adrienne Lamberti and Anne R. Richards

The practical and ethical responsibilities of professional communicators
have been greatly complicated by the digital divide. Because of the
increasing reliance on new media to convey information previously conveyed
in print, critical inquiry into the accessibility and usability of digital
documentation is needed.

The editors of the anthology Digital Citizenship request abstracts for
papers responding to the following broad questions: How might cultural
critique of the accessibility of new media shape our understanding and
teaching of digital documentation? How can digital documentation be
designed to better reflect a sensitivity to human factors? How are the
conceptualization, writing, and testing activities traditionally associated
with print documentation influencing digital documentation? What are the
social consequences of this influence? Abstracts should address one of
three loose categories: Constructing the Profession, Documenting the
Organization, and Instructing the Consumer. Examples of relevant areas of
inquiry follow.

Constructing the Profession. How has the move from print to digital
documentation hindered/promoted professional change? What roles has digital
documentation played in defining the professions/their norms? To what
extent should/does professional documentation reflect access differences
among members and/or potential members? How has professional outreach been
affected by digital documentation?

Documenting the Organization. To what extent have questions of class,
gender, ability, ethnicity, and/or age influenced analyses of the audiences
for digital documentation within organizations? How have organizations used
digital documentation to integrate across national/ethnic/linguistic
boundaries? How have organizations balanced access concerns against
financial incentives to digitize?

Instructing the Consumer. To what extent have differences between print and
digital document audiences' reading responses been incorporated into the
construction of usability tests, and how have these differences been
conceptualized and measured? How should/do professional communicators shape
effective documentation for "global" audiences? How should/does class,
gender, ability, ethnicity, and/or age shape the teaching and practice of
digital documentation for the marketplace?

The schedule for participating in Digital Citizenship is as follows:

Submission of 500-word abstract December 1, 2005
Notification of acceptance December 15, 2005
Submission of completed chapter April 15, 2006

Submit abstracts to A. Lamberti by December 1, 2005; email either editor
with queries:

Adrienne Lamberti
Department of English Language and Literature
Professional Writing Program
University of Northern Iowa
119 Baker Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0502

Anne R. Richards
Department of English
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

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