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The Strands Community Collage (CoCollage) is designed to cultivate community in a café, a quintessential "third place", by bringing the richness of online social software into a physical community space. The system shows photos and quotes uploaded to a web site by café patrons and staff on a large computer display in the café, providing a new channel for awareness, interactions and relationships among people there. We describe the CoCollage system and report on insights and experiences resulting from a 2-month deployment of the system, focusing on the impact the system has had on the sense of community within the café.
Presentation at the University of Washington School of Information (iSchool) Research Conversation, 15 May 2009.
The presentation is based, in part, on two papers:
Farnham, Shelly D., Joseph F. McCarthy, Yagnesh Patel, Sameer Ahuja, Daniel Norman, William R. Hazlewood & Josh Lind. Measuring the Impact of Third Place Attachment on the Adoption of a Place-Based Community Technology.
Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2009), 2153 - 2156.
McCarthy, Joseph F., Shelly D. Farnham, Yogi Patel, Sameer Ahuja, Daniel Norman, William R. Hazlewood & Josh Lind. Supporting Community in Third Places with Situated Social Software. To appear in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Communities & Technologies (C&T 2009), 25-27 June 2009.