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How Probes Work

Graham, Connor and Rouncefield, Mark and Gibbs, Martin and Vetere, Frank and Cheverst, Keith (2007) How Probes Work. In: OZCHI '07 Proceedings of the 19th Australasian conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Entertaining User Interfaces. UNSPECIFIED, pp. 29-37.

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    Abstract

    ‘Cultural probes’, since first being proposed and described by Bill Gaver and his colleagues, have been adapted and appropriated for a range of purposes within a variety of technology projects. In this paper we critically review different uses of Probes and discuss common aspects of different Probe variants. We also present and critique some of the debate around Probes through describing the detail of their use in two studies: The Digital Care Project (Lancaster University) and The Mediating Intimacy Project (University of Melbourne). We then reorient the discussion around Probes towards how probes work: both as interpretative fodder for social scientists and as a resource for ‘designers’. Finally we discuss new possible directions for Probes as an approach and some of the challenges confronting Probes as an approach.

    Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
    Uncontrolled Keywords: cs_eprint_id ; 1686 cs_uid ; 370
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
    ID Code: 41546
    Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
    Deposited On: 11 Aug 2008 10:20
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 16:41
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/41546

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