Luigina Ciolfi

November 2, 2017
by Luigina Ciolfi

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.

March 18, 2017
by Luigina Ciolfi

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.”

February 1, 2017
by Luigina Ciolfi

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.

December 13, 2016
by Luigina Ciolfi

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

January 7, 2016
by Luigina Ciolfi

Featured talk available to view online

My featured talk delivered to the International Conference on “Interacting with Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age” in Mexico City is available on YouTube, through the INAH (Mexican National Institute for Anthropology and History) channel. It is in English with Spanish translation and can be be viewed from the beginning of the video to the 59” mark:

November 24, 2015
by Luigina Ciolfi

“Interacting with Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age” in Mexico City

I will be one of the invited Featured Speakers at the International Conference “Interacting with Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age” (Conferencia internacional: la interacción con el patrimonio cultural en la era digital) on the 4th of December 2015. the Conference will be held at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

The conference is a joint effort by The Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)  and the Mexican Network on Digital Technologies for Promotion of Cultural Heritage.

My talk will be on the theme “Enabling Conversations with Cultural Heritage: Designing participative technologies linking material and digital”, and will reflect on the design of novel interactive experiences to engage people with cultural heritage in a participative and dialogical way, drawing from my 20 years of experience in working with cultural heritage technologies and institutions in Europe. The  talk will include examples and lessons learned from several international design projects including the current EU-funded research program meSch – material encounters with digital cultural heritage.

October 7, 2015
by Luigina Ciolfi

Upcoming Panel at MCN Conference 2015

I will be part of a panel discussion at the upcoming MCN (Museum Computer Network) Conference 2015 in Minneapolis, taking place on November 4-7. The theme of the conference is “The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums”, and the panel will discuss how museums will change with the application of indoor location technology, exploring issues around locating visitors and mediating their physical/digital experience. Other speakers in the panel will be Alin Tocmacov (exhibit and experience designer at C&G), Steinunn Anna Gunnslaugdottir (CEO of Locatify) and Marco Antonio CastroCosio (manager of the MediaLab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

April 14, 2015
by Luigina Ciolfi

Workshop at C&T2015: “Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges”

The Call is open for submission to our workshop at Communities & Technologies 2015: Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges

June 28, 2015

(to be held at Communities and Technologies 2015, Limerick, Ireland)

Organisers: Luigina Ciolfi (Sheffield Hallam University, UK), Areti Damala (University of Strathclyde, UK), Eva Hornecker (Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany), Monika Lechner (DEN Foundation, The Netherlands), Laura Maye (University of Limerick, Ireland), Daniela Petrelli (Sheffield Hallam University, UK).

Background: Cultural heritage is an established domain of study for human-centred computing – from the design of technological interventions at heritage sites, to the analysis and evaluation of the role of shared and of personal technologies in heritage settings. The main focus has been for a long time on a view of heritage where an official institution offers visitors certain content and interaction for interpretation and education purposes, whilst cultural heritage is a much more fragmented domain where different communities can play a significant role and where new socially inclusive and participative ideas of heritage have become widespread . Different communities of stakeholders are involved in the preservation, communication and sharing of heritage holdings: from the community of professionals managing them, to the communities of volunteers, of special interest groups and of “friends” and supporters of the institution engaging with them. Technology can feature in a number of activities for all these groups, as well as a tool to support visitors in their experience of heritage. Overall, communities of interest around heritage (with different degrees of formality and training) are increasingly defining and taking ownership of what is of value for them, thus defining and reconfiguring heritage.

In this workshop we aim to discuss examples of such multifaceted community involvement in cultural heritage and of related technology design and use.

Themes: We welcome submissions on the following themes

  *   The emergence of communities of interest and of practice in cultural heritage and how technology

mediates this;

  *   Studies of communication and interaction within and among heritage communities;

  *   Practices of participation and cooperation by heritage communities in technology design;

  *   Crowdsourcing, participatory science initiatives and community engagement in cultural heritage

  *   Technology design and evaluation for heritage communities;

  *   Challenges and opportunities for community involvement in cultural heritage.

The workshop will run over 1 day on Sunday, 28th of June 2015 as part of the international conference Communities & Technologies 2015 (  in Limerick (Ireland). During the workshop, we will facilitate a set of presentations and hands-on group exercises. We invite the participants to contribute to the workshop with either posters illustrating a concept/framework, or samples of data collected during fieldwork, or demos/prototypes, and these materials will be the main subject of the discussion.

As a follow up to the workshop, we will produce an edited publication (journal special issue or edited book, negotiations are currently underway) collecting all the workshop contributions in extended form.


Papers should be between 4 and 6 pages long and formatted according to the ACM SIG Proceedings Template (

Paper submissions should be emailed to Dr. Areti Damala: areti[DOT]damala[AT]strath[DOT]ac[DOT]uk<>

All submissions will be reviewed by the organizing team.

Important Dates

May 1st, 2015: deadline for submissions

May 15th, 2015: notifications due

June 1st, 2015: early registration deadline

June 28th, 2015: workshop at C&T 2015 in Limerick