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Learning from appropriation practices

Al Zubaidi-Polli, Anna Maria and Verdezoto, Nervo 2018. Learning from appropriation practices. International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications 14 (1) , pp. 49-72. 10.1108/IJPCC-D-18-00007

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Purpose Public participation is an important – if not the most important – pillar of democracy. When designing new e-participation environments, it is advisable to consider previous appropriation practices of deliberative community networks to encourage broad participation. This can be achieved by sharing appropriation practices and by supporting the situated development of use, which may not only increase user participation but also decrease user frustration. Design/methodology/approach This paper addresses previously analyzed e-participation appropriation practices and technological limitations that participants faced when using the e-participation environment from the Aarhus’s Artwork design experiment. The lessons learned from these limitations and the appropriation practices identified help us in designing the next generation of e-participation environments and in counteracting their unsuccessful appropriation. Findings Potential design improvements for future collaborative writing e-environments that facilitate location-agnostic participation, and improvements that enable successful technology appropriation are presented. Originality/value These improvements are important to future research to inform a hybrid of in situ and ex situ technologies that enable collaborative writing to increase public participation in leisure spaces, engage a broader range of citizens and thus also encourage less motivated people.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1742-7371
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 31 January 2018
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2021 15:45

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