S.T.A.R.R case study template

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S.T.A.R.R case study template

  1. 1. Name your case study Live feeds Name of Contributor(s) ‏ Project Date Dear participant, Please use this template to record a case were your project used, or attempted to use, participatory web technologies to resolve a problem / issue emerging from your work. These incident will be collated by the Planet project, and used to identify common patterns. Note: failure is often a better teacher than success. The key to a good case is in illustrating a common problem. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/uk/
  2. 2. Paste illustrative image / diagram if available
  3. 3. Situation <ul><li>A tagline for your project or work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Spots project is expanding the boundaries of leopard apparel (see: http://www.spotsproject.org/) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Describe the user group and the work context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spots has a team of 20 researchers in 4 sites in the UK and 2 in Alaska. Some are also working with the Stripes project. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Describe your technological setup </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We use gps devices to track leopards and mobile displays to present our new designs to them. The designs are stored on a wiki and downloaded to the displays by sat phone. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Task <ul><li>Describe what you are trying to achieve, e.g. a problem you have encountered in your work, which you hoped to resolve using participatory web technologies. Describe the forces in play. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We wanted to collate real time data on the leopards' reactions to the designs. Data needed to be indexed chronologically and geographically, and linked to discussions on the wiki. Researchers found it hard to take detailed notes in cases of negative reaction. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Actions <ul><li>How did you try to address the issue? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We equipped researchers with video cams, which were rigged with a live sat broadcast link. Researchers would enter the time, location and link to the design on the wiki before starting a presentation. They would then record and broadcast the reaction live. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Results <ul><li>What were the outcomes of the actions you took? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When the sat link was good, researchers found this a very productive method. However, a few researchers has technical difficulties operating the gear. Unfortunately, they could not be interviewed. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Observations <ul><li>Lessons you've learnt and conclusions you’ve drawn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organise training and mentoring on using the equipment. We’re also trying recording off-line if the sat link is down. Researchers may need electronic tagging – we still can’t locate some of them. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. About this template <ul><li>This template was first used at the Pattern Language Project workshop in 2008, at the 23-25 April Emerge Online Conference on Digital Communities & Digital Identities . </li></ul><ul><li>It is based on the S.T.A.R technique used by many job interviewers. Since then, it has been adopted by several teams and events. The effective method of use is: </li></ul><ul><li>Post your version of the template (e.g. on SlideShare / your blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Ask participants to post their slidesets in the same medium. If possible, define a common tag to track contributions. </li></ul><ul><li>collate all contributions to a single edited slideset, to use on the day of the event. </li></ul><ul><li>This resource is offered free of charge, with no guarantees or implied responsipilities on my side. It is licenced under a creative commons attribution, non-commercial share alike licence. Please attribute to: </li></ul><ul><li>Yishay Mor, http://www.slideshare.net/yish/star-case-study-template </li></ul><ul><li>And let me know what you think – yishaym@gmail.com </li></ul>

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