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XIII.2 March + April 2006
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Authors:
Jonathan Arnowitz, Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson

This issue will coincide with the annual SIGCHI conference in April. If you’re reading this in Montreal, welcome! And if not, you’re missing a great event—Be sure to watch for reports from the field in our next issue.

We’re excited to offer you a special section on HCI and Offshoring. Guest editor Eric Schaffer has put together a cross-section of articles that focus on the business, the process, and also the day-to-day living of offshoring, HCI-style.

Whether you call it outsourcing, offshoring, or sharing the pain, the concept of leveraging global resources is more than an economic issue, and we believe it is here to stay. Both of us spend a good deal of our time with our "offshore" partners—in India, Germany, Japan, China, and Korea. Oh—and then there’s the relatively local partners who are at least in the same country but separated by miles and time zones. There’s a lot to learn to make this new type of virtual community really deliver. In the world of software development for global products, offshoring has its benefits and disadvantages. We’re pleased to present you with some insights into both.

We are also honored to introduce three new columnists. First, we are very proud to announce Jonathan Grudin debuts a historical perspectives column on HCI called "Timelines" and we are also very proud to introduce Gary Marsden, who will be writing a new column called "Under Development" regarding HCI in developing countries. We also want to welcome a new column giving a business perspective to HCI by Brian Frank called "Open for Business." A hearty welcome aboard to our new regular contributors; we’re sure you’ll appreciate their perspectives!

We look forward to the May-June issue which will look at HCI and Security Issues with our special guest editor, Ryan West.

Jonathan Arnowitz and Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson
Editors-in-Chief
eic@interactions.acm.org

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