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Considering the impact and implications of changes in scholarly communication.

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Keith Instone

Thanks for yet another enlightening view of our history and analysis of how we got here.

As someone who switched over to "user experience practice" about a dozen years ago, I have seen other factors that have contributed to the overall impact to "the community". Most notably, the explosion of new professional organizations for practitioners, and the resulting explosion in conferences for user experience practitioners.

I am not saying theses explosions are a bad thing, but I believe they have had a significant effect on the research community. In general, the practitioners go to CHI once and then opt to attend the other conferences.

So I believe a lack of practitioner involvement in key research conferences is another key problem to solve.

I was part of a CHI workshop in 2010 that focused on these issues and CHI 2011 is taking specific steps to improve the community aspects of the conference. Read the latest article in interactions - - for more information.

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