Designing social tools for the bees, the buzz and the beehive

Button, Angela J. (2008) Designing social tools for the bees, the buzz and the beehive. In Australasian Computer-Human Interaction Conference 2008, 8-12 December 2008, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

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Urban master-planned communities, designed for demographically mixed populations, do not necessarily give rise to meaningful social interactions that enable residents to take advantage of social and cultural diversity. This paper discusses design considerations emerging from an ongoing case study that investigates how living in a diverse master-planned community influences residents’ communicative ecology. The challenge of the study is to create a design intervention that can not only facilitate the collection, visualisation and analysis of data for researchers, but also promote social connectivity among residents of the Kelvin Grove Urban Village (KGUV), Brisbane, Australia. By leveraging mashups and interest in participatory culture, it may be possible to create a novel dynamic visualisation that can capture the social, discursive and technological characteristics—“the bees, the buzz and the beehive”—of urban communities. This has the potential to create a powerful analytical research tool for user-centred, participatory research that brings us one step closer to understanding the ever-changing communicative ecology of our research participants. It may also reveal innovative ways in which we can use social media to support the social sustainability of diverse urban neighbourhoods.

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ID Code: 16908
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Additional copies are available at the ACM Digital Library,
Keywords: Urban informatics, Communicative ecology, Participatory research, Social networks, Social media
ISBN: 0980306345
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 the author and 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: 14 Dec 2008 22:29
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:52

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