Leaving the wild: Lessons from community technology handovers

Nick Taylor, Keith Cheverst, Peter Wright, Patrick Olivier

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    As research increasingly turns to work ‘in the wild’ to design and evaluate technologies under real-world conditions, little consideration has been given to what happens when research ends. In many cases, users are heavily involved in the design process and encouraged to integrate the resulting technologies into their lives before they are withdrawn, while in some cases technologies are being left in place after research concludes. Often, little is done to assess the impact and legacy of these deployments. In this paper, we return to two examples in which we designed technologies with the involvement of communities and examine what steps were taken to ensure their long- term viability and what happened following the departure of researchers. From these examples, we provide guidelines for planning and executing technology handovers when conducting research with communities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2013
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9781450318990
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
    EventCHI 2013 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013


    ConferenceCHI 2013 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
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    • community
    • research in the wild
    • action research
    • longitudinal


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