Vote as you go : Blending interfaces for community engagement into the urban space

Hespanhol, Luke, Tomitsch, Martin, McArthur, Ian, Fredericks, Joel, Schroeter, Ronald, & Foth, Marcus (2015) Vote as you go : Blending interfaces for community engagement into the urban space. In De Cindio, Fiorella, Avram, G., & Pipek, Volkmar (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Limerick, Ireland, pp. 29-37.

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This paper presents a series of studies on situated interfaces for community engagement. Firstly, we identify five recurring design challenges as well as four common strategies used to overcome them. We then assess the effectiveness of these strategies through field studies with public polling interfaces. We developed two very different polling interfaces in the form of (1) a web application running on an iPad mounted on a stand, allowing one vote at a time, and (2) a playful full-body interaction application for a large urban screen allowing concurrent participation. We deployed both interfaces in an urban precinct with high pedestrian traffic and equipped with a large urban screen. Analysing discoverability and learnability of each scenario, we derive insights regarding effective ways of blending community engagement interfaces into the built environment, while attracting the attention of passers-by and communicating the results of civic participation.

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ID Code: 83817
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: urban informatics, community engagement, pervasive displays, media architecture, urban interaction design, urban IxD
DOI: 10.1145/2768545.2768553
ISBN: 9781450334600
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 > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
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Deposited On: 30 Apr 2015 00:32
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2016 22:17

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