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Analyzing the factors influencing the successful design and uptake of interactive systems to support social networks in urban neighborhoods

Foth, Marcus (2009) Analyzing the factors influencing the successful design and uptake of interactive systems to support social networks in urban neighborhoods. In Ang, Chee Siang & Zaphiris, Panayiotis (Eds.) Human Computer Interaction : Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 589-604.

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Abstract

In urban residential environments in Australia and other developed countries, Internet access is on the verge of becoming a ubiquitous utility like gas or electricity. From an urban sociology and community informatics perspective, this article discusses new emerging social formations of urban residents that are based on networked individualism and the potential of Internet-based systems to support them. It proposes that one of the main reasons for the disappearance or nonexistence of urban residential communities is a lack of appropriate opportunities and instruments to encourage and support local interaction in urban neighborhoods. The article challenges the view that a mere reappropriation of applications used to support dispersed virtual communities is adequate to meet the place and proximity-based design requirements that community networks in urban neighborhoods pose. It argues that the key factors influencing the successful design and uptake of interactive systems to support social networks in urban neighborhoods include the swarming social behavior of urban dwellers; the dynamics of their existing communicative ecology; and the serendipitous, voluntary, and place-based quality of interaction between residents on the basis of choice, like-mindedness, mutual interest and support needs. Drawing on an analysis of these factors, the conceptual design framework of a prototype system — the urban tribe incubator — is presented.

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ID Code: 54263
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This chapter was previously published as a journal article in the International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction 2(2), edited by B. Stahl, pp. 65-82, copyright 2006 by IGI Publishing, formerly known as Idea Group Publishing (an imprint of IGI Global). http://eprints.qut.edu.au/1912/
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Keywords: community networks, urban neighbourhoods, social networks, networked individualism, urban informatics
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-87828-991-9.ch039
ISBN: 9781605660523
Subjects: 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 > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Social and Community Informatics (080709)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
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 > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 IGI Global
Deposited On: 23 Oct 2012 01:04
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 05:50

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