Intercultural Collaboration Gateway

Search this site

powered by FreeFind



2008/10/01 IWIC2009 will be held in February 20-21, 2009 at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA.
2007/12/05 Two links related to the Language Grid Project are added.
2007/09/09 The IWIC2007 Conference Proceedings is published from LNCS.
Corresponding page numbers are added to the IWIC papers.
2007/06/11 This site was opened to public.

What is Intercultural Collaboration

The main theme of intercultural collaboration has both technical and socio-cultural perspectives. To increase mutual understanding in our multicultural world, topics include collaboration support (such as natural language processing, Web, and Internet technologies), social psychological analyses of intercultural interaction, and case studies from field workers. This research area is unique in a world in which physical borders disappear rapidly and people and cultures are more and more on the move and in contact.

The area of intercultural collaboration covers computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW), language technology and social informatics. Intercultural collaboration is a goal-directed group activity based on intercultural communication. The research target is on collaboration, not on communication, because we can clearly identify research issues when the goal of humans’ group activities is defined. Goal-directed group activities can also be a target of optimization, and thus attract researchers who work on social and computer sciences. Obviously, the research area of intercultural collaboration encompasses CSCW and language technologies. To bridge the gap between these two research areas and fields of actual intercultural activities, however, the methodology of social informatics can be well used.

In the field of intercultural collaboration, various ideas have been tried out to overcome language barriers and to understand cultural diversity. For example, conversations between Chinese and Japanese are often done in English with the aid of written Chinese characters. To understand how humans manage language and cultural issues, researchers should join and observe intercultural activities. However, sites that contain information related to intercultural activities are often far from research laboratories (both geographically and mentally). From the social informatics point of view, mutual learning between researchers and field workers is essential in developing new methodologies and technologies.

In this Web site, the area of intercultural collaboration is categorized into the following areas:

- Ontology for Language Resources and Services
- Developing Language Resources and Services
- Connecting Language Resources and Services
- Tools for Intercultural Collaboration
- Emotions in Intercultural Collaboration
- Analysis of Intercultural Collaboration
- Actual Fields of Intercultural Collaboration

The intercultural collaboration gateway encourages discussions on how to create a new field under collaboration among CSCW, language technologies and social informatics. The discussion will be continued at the International Workshop on Intercultural Collaboration.

Intercultural Collaboration Gateway
Edited by Ishida & Matsubara Lab.
Kyoto University, Japan

©2007-2008 Ishida & Matsubara Lab. All rights reserved.