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Design Considerations for Community Portals in Master-Planned Developments in Australia and Mexico

Foth, Marcus, Gonzalez, Victor M., & Kraemer, Kenneth L. (2008) Design Considerations for Community Portals in Master-Planned Developments in Australia and Mexico. In Vetere, Frank, Connor, Graham, & Satchell, Christine (Eds.) Proceedings of OZCHI : Australasian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, Association for Computing Machinery, Cairns, Qld., pp. 33-40.

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Abstract

This paper presents a discussion of design considerations for community web portals as social networking systems. We analyse and compare the social interaction approach, design considerations and socio-technical requirements with regards to community portal technology employed in two master-planned urban developments in Australia and Mexico. We focus on how the human and social concepts and local contextualisations affect technology design and use. In response to our analysis, and to face the challenge of designing for variability and diversity, we present the communicative ecology model as a conceptual tool to help researchers and designers grasp the situated context and purpose of these systems in order to inform the design and development of better community technology.

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ID Code: 15113
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Urban informatics, master, planned communities, portals, urban computing, social networking, communicative ecology, human computer interaction
DOI: 10.1145/1517744.1517756
ISBN: 0980306345
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (The authors) and Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG)
Copyright Statement: This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Proceedings OZCHI 2008, December 8-12, 2008, Cairns, AUSTRALIA.
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 11:42

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