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Mind the Gap: Bridging the Sustainable Software Systems Research Divide


Colin C. Venters , Christoph Becker , Stefanie Betz , Ruzanna Chitchyan , Leticia Duboc , Steve Easterbrook , Birgit Penzenstadler , Guillermo Rodriguez-Navas, Norbert Seyff

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Conference/Workshop Paper


Workshop on Sustainable HCI in the UK


Sustainability is a major concern to humanity as a result of the consequences of the rapid consumption of the planets finite natural resources, combined with exponential economic and population growth. Principally associated with the field of ecology, sustainability has emerged as an important area of research in a number of sub-fields within the domain of computing including human-computer interaction. While these communities have attempted to address the challenges of sustainability from their different perspectives, there is a severe lack of common understanding of the fundamental concepts of sustainability and how they relate to software systems. As a result, there is a need for a common ground and consistent terminology to reduce the replication of effort. This paper presents the Karlskrona Manifesto for Sustainabilty Design as a mechanism for initiating a conversation between the different communities in addressing the challenges of developing sustainable software systems.


author = {Colin C. Venters and Christoph Becker and Stefanie Betz and Ruzanna Chitchyan and Leticia Duboc and Steve Easterbrook and Birgit Penzenstadler and Guillermo Rodriguez-Navas and Norbert Seyff},
title = {Mind the Gap: Bridging the Sustainable Software Systems Research Divide},
month = {July},
year = {2015},
booktitle = {Workshop on Sustainable HCI in the UK },
url = {}