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Encouraging residents to take social ownership of an online community network through PAD: Participation, Animation, Design

Foth, Marcus (2004) Encouraging residents to take social ownership of an online community network through PAD: Participation, Animation, Design. In Day, Peter (Ed.) Building & Bridging Community Networks: Knowledge, Innovation & Diversity through Communication, 31 March - 2 April 2004, Brighton, UK.

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Abstract

Online community networks are designed to supplement residential communities in an effort to revitalise and grow neighbourhoods, but they are challenged in times of networked individualism. Recent research has shown that (a) connectivity alone does not ensure community, and (b) new and weak communities do not benefit from community networks as much as existing and strong communities do. This paper proposes a model combining Participation, Animation and Design (PAD) to encourage residents to take social ownership of the community network. The aim is to support personalised networking and to create intrinsic motivation for residents to realise that their engagement in the community network is not additional work, but a way to improve their quality of life by establishing a community culture and community identity. The proposed model integrates systems design with community development and is currently being implemented and tested in an apartment complex comprising approximately 160 tenants in Brisbane, Australia.

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ID Code: 1903
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: community informatics, community networks, participatory design, urban neighbourhoods
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 > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 02 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 10:04

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