The relationship between HCI and Digital Civics – Urban HCI & Placemaking as synergies?

This blog post aims to explore how Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research can enhance the tools available to placemaking practises to create a richer and more engaging experience for citizens within the public realm. In turn, it looks at how placemaking can be used within Digital Civics research to create more informed citizens who feel empowered to take ownership of public space and foster a stronger sense of place amongst communities.

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Tangible Interfaces in Culture & Heritage

Tangible interfaces are beginning to move from research labs into physical real-world spaces, weaving their way into homes, workplaces, learning environments and the public realm [1].

This offers a world of opportunities to improve and deepen visitor experiences within the culture and heritage industry. Museums have always been great test beds and incubators for cutting-edge technology.

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To stream or not to stream? The legal issues around livestreaming sports and culture events

Live streaming video is a growing trend and seems only set to continue to grow over the coming years. It is seen as offering a real, authentic inter-human connection (Tang, 2016) as well as offering an alternative to traditional media outlets. With the rise of streaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat and the big players of Facebook,

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Ubiquitous Computing – in whose hands?

Computers have become so intertwined in our everyday lives, and whilst there are many obvious benefits to these technological advancements, it has led some to believe that an Orwellian future with complete state control and surveillance in every aspect of our lives is not that farfetched after all.

This idea that computers are so integrated into our everyday lives that we no longer notice their presence,

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