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SIG Chair: Béla A. Bánáthy During the past century we have made spectacular advances in communications and computing technologies (IS) and the use of these technologies. It is clear that in the 21st century, communications, storage, processing, and process control capacities, as well as the human-machine interface will be developed to levels that are at present unimaginable. We have already greatly increased the surface-area of human-machine contact. Perhaps more importantly, we are elevating the contact to increasingly higher levels abstraction. Still there is a big gap and question mark between the optimistic decision makers and politicians who think that IS are the solution to many problems and those who think that IS are an expensive technology with no or little impact on the progress on human condition on earth. Some may be think that IS makes the human conditions worse. With many of the technical problems that constrained the information systems design efforts of the past having been solved, we can now focus more clearly on these fundamental questions and the foundations of the design task. Papers addressing this general topic are invited, in special papers that develop and apply systemic or co-design ideas fostered in the ISSS and related scientific societies are most welcome. Especially papers reporting upon practical implications and practical experiences from deploying human-centric solutions contributing to a higher value for humans are encouraged. In addition, to lend more focus to the sessions, two main themes are proposed: * Information system design – foundations, design and research approaches, including new forms of innovation, quality assurance and transfer of knowledge. * Information systems design – Industrial and society applications and their impact on human conditions, now and in the future. In particular the future design and applications of Internet and other developed collaborative work environments are of interest. More specific papers and cases direct focusing the value of IS are welcome, example topics are: * Suggestion of value models for IS in use. * How do we form a discussion or statement of the value of an IS? * In a wider context than short-term financial gains of the issuing organization? * Examples of Second Order IS, meaning IS that host a discussion on their own usefulness. * Examples or ideas for Knowledge Management IS that support a systemic/Co-Design view of knowledge. Topics can be addressed at the level of an individual human being, that of a group, a community, the larger society, or combinations of these. In each case it is of particular importance for us to ask fundamental questions involving the epistemological, ontological and ethical aspects of human-machine interaction in different organizational and societal settings. Presentation Format: Contributors are encouraged to provide a brief (10-15 minute) overview of the key ideas followed by a more extensive discussion. We anticipate posting of the papers on the web prior to the meeting to provide a basis for discussion. See other [[Special Integration Groups]]