European-Cooperation-in-the-Field-of-Scientific-and-Technical-Research, or COST, is a truly trans-disciplinary forum. Last illustration to date, The Good, the Bad and the Challenging was the striking title of the meeting held in Copenhagen few weeks ago :
– The programme, which is mind-watering : « Users as innovators« , « Humans as eActors« , « The multiple cultures of the Information Society« , « The future in young and old hands: towards an inclusive broadband society« , « Participation and Representation in the Design process: A Broad User Spectrum (COST Action 294 MAUSE)« , « ICTs and Asian Countries« , « Sonic Interaction Design (COST Action IC0601)« , « Telecommunications Economics (COST Action IS0605)« , « ICTs and generations« , « Cyberbullying – coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings (COST Action IS0801)« .
– The other most important point is that the proceedings are online : sorted out by sessions, sorted out by authors.
Furthermore, the Program #298 of COST is the following :
« The COST 298 Action ‘Participation in the Broadband Society’ is the successor to COST Actions 269 and 248, and hence has a track record covering 15 years. The conference is a follow up to the conferences The Good, the Bad and the Irrelevant held in Helsinki in 2003 and The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected held in Moscow in 2007.
COST 298 is an Action in the domain ‘Information and Communication Technologies’ of COST, an intergovernmental framework for European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research. In COST 298 European scientists from telecommunication research departments, universities and operators together with independent consultants collaborate in cross-disciplinary groups to analyse the social dimensions of people’s relationships to information and communication technologies. The Actions have produced a range of articles reports such as Communications on the Move: The Experience of mobile Telephony in the 1990s (1997) and the books Everyday Innovators, Researching the Role of Users in Shaping ICTs (2005) and The Social Dynamics of Information and Communication Technology (2008) based on previous conferences.«