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Although our intention is not specifically to create a product, by following this participatory design methodology we anticipate that the Urban Tapestries system will emerge as a viable platform for public authoring. Whilst in its early developmental stages we will be running short trials and demos – once the software is more complete we intend to explore making parts of it available to the wider community.
The first trial was held in London in December 2003; 100 participants explored the concept of public authoring using HP iPaqs and a Locustworld 802.11 Wireless Mesh in Bloomsbury. Our recent field trial covered a 3km square area of Central London with around 15 participants using Sony Ericsson P800/P900s and the Orange GPRS network.
As part of our Social Tapestries research during 2004-2006, we will be trialling experiments based on the Urban Tapestries system in collaboration with civil society partners.
Trial June 2004
The trial covered a 3km square area of central London and used cell id positioning from the Orange network to assist with location sensing. In addition to their actual public authoring using UT, the participants will be completing user experience questionnaires designed by Proboscis (with help from Zoe Sujon at MEDIA@LSE), which aim to help us explore the experiences of authoring, mobility and social and cultural contexts. The server log data will also be analysed to give us an understanding of such crucial issues as time, frequency, type of content, popularity of content etc...
We intended for this trial to help build a picture of the future of public authoring technologies such as Urban Tapestries, and to reveal not only the kinds of uses which we had already identified through our own research, but to allow for new ones to emerge simply by having different people use the system over time. As we evaluate the results from the trial we
We will be publishing a report on the trial and our research to date in September 2004.
below indicates the area participants were able to annotate:
Trial December 2003
The aim of the trial was to introduce and explore the social and cultural possibilities of public authoring. Participants were invited to take part in an experiment to explore what the future for pervasive mobile networking might be like. To give a sense of context for this Proboscis devised a series of task-based activities for participants – encouraging them to embed their own content (stories, pictures, sounds) in geo-specific locations as part of the Tapestry's threads:
The Trial HQ was sited at Victoria House, a landmark building overlooking Bloomsbury Square recently refurbished by Garbe UK.
As part of our evaluation of the feedback Proboscis has posted a series of themes arising for public discussion here.
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