Wild at home: The neighborhood as a living laboratory for HCI

John M. Carroll, Mary Beth Rosson

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HCI can "turn to the wild" but still stay home. Local community life presents a rich context for understanding challenges and possibilities of information technology. We summarize and reflect upon a program of participatory design research in which we facilitated activities and experiences of our neighbors through developing a series of community-oriented programs and information systems through the past two decades. We organize these reflections around five overlapping themes: visibility of community actors, creation of community information infrastructures, the role of place-based identity and activity in community, the effectiveness of participatory relationships, and the research designs and methods appropriate. We frame these reflections around a conceptual model of community, and the suggestion that the local community can be a living laboratory for HCI in the wild.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number16
JournalACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction


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