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UX as a critical success factor for participatory projects: enhancing the user experience to encourage participation

Vickers, Richard (2012) UX as a critical success factor for participatory projects: enhancing the user experience to encourage participation. In: EADiM Academic Network Conference, 22-23 Nov 2012, University of Graz, Graz, Austria.

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Online participatory documentary project ‘’ ( <> ) empowers people to document their city or location and lives, using mobile camera phones and available devices. The project aims to provide a democratic framework for a community vision to develop, exploring the rich diversity and vibrancy of life around the world. An interactive project, explores opportunities for participation, collaboration and the potential democratisation of documentary production. As part of the continued development of the project we have enhanced the user-experience, for a participatory project of this nature UX design is a critical factor for success. The initial framework for uploading video clips has been refined into a step-by-step process and should the contributor have more than one video to add to the project, data is retained to remove the need to re-input information. For the next phase of development a separation of the website and automated video conversion is planned freeing up server resources and allowing a more asynchronous video upload and conversion experience. Another area of particular focus for forthcoming development, and one that requires additional R&D is the automated extraction of location-based data from submitted video clips. With this feature implemented the project will shift in a totally new direction and become totally user curated.

Keywords:user experience, participatory design, camera phone
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P430 Interactive Publishing
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P310 Media Production
W Creative Arts and Design > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:6665
Deposited On:21 Oct 2012 20:05

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