Situated Community Technology C&T 2009


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Presentation at a panel on "Community technology to support geographically-based communities" at the 4th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2009)

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Situated Community Technology C&T 2009

  1. 1. Community technology to support geographically-based communities Joe McCarthy Principal Instigator Strands Labs Seattle Situated place- IRL (in real life)
  2. 2. Three themes <ul><li>Mobile vs. Situated </li></ul><ul><li>Space vs. Place </li></ul><ul><li>Online vs. Offline </li></ul>But first: three plugs …
  3. 3. An example: CoCollage A system consisting of a large display that shows a collage of photos and quotes uploaded to a special web site by patrons and staff in a café or other community-oriented place .
  4. 4. Placed Community session Session Chair: Marcus Foth , Queensland University of Technology, Australia Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Saturday Place: IST 208 The Social Life of Wireless Urban Spaces: Internet Use, Social Networks, and the Public Realm Keith N Hampton , Oren Livio, Lauren Sessions University of Pennsylvania Facilitating Participatory Decision-Making in Local Communities through Map-Based Online Discussion Bo Yu,, Guoray Cai Pennsylvania State University Supporting Community in Third Places with Situated Social Software Joseph F. McCarthy , Shelly D. Farnham, Yogi Patel, Sameer Ahuja, William R. Hazlewood, Daniel Norman, Josh Lind Strands Labs
  5. 5. SlideShare: YouTube for Powerpoint gumption We can all “follow” each other! tag: cct2009
  6. 6. Communities, Inc. ? <ul><li>Centralization, extraction, exploitation </li></ul><ul><li>Disconnection, division, distance </li></ul><ul><li>Individualism vs. collectivism </li></ul><ul><li>Spectators (spectacles) vs. participants </li></ul><ul><li>Top-down vs. bottom-up </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects  citizens  consumers </li></ul><ul><li>Place  property  mortgage  derivative investments </li></ul>We have met the corporation, and they is us.
  7. 7. Mobile vs. Situated <ul><li>Mobile Social Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain existing connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ambient intimacy (Leisa Reichert) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuous partial friendship (David Weinberger) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Situated Social Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create new connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serendipitous encounters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Familiar strangers </li></ul></ul>“ A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.” - Will Rogers
  8. 8. Space vs. Place <ul><li>Re-place-ing space (Harrison & Dourish, 1996) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Space is the opportunity; place is the understood reality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are located in “space”, but we act in “place” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate behavioral framing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Location-based services (locative media) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who / what is nearby? Maybe I’ll go there… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Place-based services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who / what is here? Maybe I’ll make contact … </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Online vs. Offline <ul><li>Effort vs. impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We want communication to cost something because that cost signals that we value the other person, that we value them enough to spare our time and attention.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>danah boyd, “Valuing efficiencies & unreliability” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual world vs. real world </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual protests vs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Taking it to the streets (or the cafés) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being present, showing up, being counted … & counting </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Community technology to support geographically-based communities Joe McCarthy Situated place- IRL (in real life)
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