Designing for participation in local suburban communications

Redhead, Fiona S. (2013) Designing for participation in local suburban communications. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


People have difficulty accessing means to easily publicise and discuss their ideas and concerns with their local community. The aim of this research has been to design and evaluate capacity for Internet technologies coupled with public displays to engage a diverse range of community members in the making of a shared local suburban communications network. The research problem relates to the challenges of community building, in particular discovering mechanisms that work to engage a target community and motivate participation. In an effort to understand genuine participation and barriers to use, the study was embedded in a local community and purposely longitudinal. This research contributes knowledge about the limitations of public displays to increase visibility of local communications, the need for long-term and networked visibility of community-building communications, the integral role of community facilitators, and the challenges of sustaining shared communications.

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ID Code: 64799
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Brereton, Margot & Buys, Laurie
Keywords: Community Digital Noticeboard, Community Informatics, Human Computer Interaction, Participatory Design, Public Displays, Situated Displays
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2013 00:54
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 21:52

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