Elisa Giaccardi

Author: Elisa Giaccardi


Elisa Giaccardi is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She works in the area of cultural informatics, which describes a research area where cultural practice, digital media and information science converge.

Her present work revolves around the construction and meaning of cultural heritage. It addresses issues of social practice, public formation, and sense of place that go beyond conventional museological concerns, and contributes to basic research in human-centered computing.

Her goal is to theorize, facilitate, and engage in creative and transformative design practices that supplement critical reflection with social action and cultural intervention. Her approach promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, practice-based research, and community-based media projects to support open design narratives, sustained participation, and situated evaluation.


Publication period start: 2012
Number of co-authors: 22


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Diego Alvarado
Yunwen Ye
Gerhard Fischer

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Alistair G. Sutcliffe
Brad A. Myers
Ben Shneiderman


Giaccardi, Elisa (2010): Things we value. In Interactions, 17 (6) pp. 17-21. https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1897239.1897245

Giaccardi, Elisa, Palen, Leysia (2008): The Social Production of Heritage Through Cross-Media Interaction: Making Place for Place-. In International Journal of Heritage Studies, 14 (3) pp. 282-298. https://x.i-dat.org/~eg/research/pdf/GiaccardiPalen_IJHS08.pdf

Shneiderman, Ben, Fischer, Gerhard, Czerwinski, Mary, Resnick, Mitchel, Myers, Brad A., Candy, Linda, Edmonds, Ernest, Eisenberg, Michael, Giaccardi, Elisa, Hewett, Tom, Jennings, Pamela, Kules, Bill (2006): Creativity Support Tools: Report From a U.S. National Science Foundation Sponsored Worksho. In International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 20 (2) pp. 61-77. https://www.leaonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/s15327590ijhc2002_1

Giaccardi, Elisa (2006): Mediators in visual interaction: An analysis of the "Poietic Generator" and "Open Studio. In J. Vis. Lang. Comput., 17 (5) pp. 398-429. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jvlc.2005.04.001

Fischer, Gerhard, Giaccardi, Elisa, Eden, Hal, Sugimoto, Masanori, Ye, Yunwen (2005): Beyond binary choices: Integrating individual and social creativity. In International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 63 (4) pp. 482-512. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2005.04.014

Giaccardi, Elisa (2005): Metadesign as An Emergent Design Culture. In Leonardo, 38 (4) pp. 342-349. https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/leonardo/

Fischer, Gerhard, Giaccardi, Elisa, Ye, Yunwen, Sutcliffe, Alistair G., Mehandjiev, Nikolay (2004): Meta-design: a manifesto for end-user development. In Communications of the ACM, 47 (9) pp. 33-37. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/1015864.1015884

Giaccardi, Elisa, Fogli, Daniela (2008): Affective geographies: toward a richer cartographic semantics for the geospatial web. In: Levialdi, Stefano (eds.) AVI 2008 - Proceedings of the working conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces May 28-30, 2008, Napoli, Italy. pp. 173-180. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1385569.1385598

Giaccardi, Elisa, Iversen, Ole Sejer (2010): Heritage inquiries: a designerly approach to human values. In: Proceedings of DIS10 Designing Interactive Systems , 2010, . pp. 436-437. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1858171.1858258

Giaccardi, Elisa, Paredes, Pedro, Diaz, Paloma, Alvarado, Diego (2012): Embodied narratives: a performative co-design technique. In: Proceedings of DIS12 Designing Interactive Systems , 2012, . pp. 1-10. https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2317956.2317958