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Leaving the Wild: Lessons from Community Technology Handovers

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nick TaylorORCiD, Dr Keith Cheverst, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD



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involved in the design process and encouraged to integrate the resulting technologies into their lives before they are withdrawn, while in some cases technologies are being left in place after research concludes.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.

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Author(s): Taylor N, Cheverst K, Wright P, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI 2013: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 1549-1558

Date deposited: 19/02/2013

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/2470654.2466206

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781450318990