Volkmar Pipek, Prof. Dr., studied Computer Science and Economics at the University of Kaiserslautern, focussing on Database Systems and Artificial Intelligence. His research interest into interdisciplinary, more application-oriented computer science lead him to the Research Group on HCI and CSCW at the Institute for Computer Science III at the University of Bonn. He worked from July 1997 to December 1998 in the project POLITeam on “awareness” issues and organizational aspects of introduction and maintenance of groupware applications. 1999 he worked in several smaller projects on Knowledge Management and Distance Learning. From April 2000 to March 2003 he was coordinating the project OlViO, a project on the use of IT in Organisational Learning. From 2003-2005 he was a guest researcher with the Laboratory of HCI and Group Technology at the University of Oulu, Finland, where he received a PhD degree in Information Processing Science in early 2005. Currently he is an Assistant Professor with the Institute for Information Systems at the University of Siegen, Germany. He currently chairs to the board of trustees of the International Institute for Socio-Informatics (IISI).