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Clarifying culture in technology design: what, why, and how we think about it

Piccolo, Lara S. G. and Pereira, Roberto (2015). Clarifying culture in technology design: what, why, and how we think about it. In: Cultech 2015: Cultural Diversity and Technology Design Workshop, 27 Jun 2015, Limerick, Ireland.

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Culture influences our way to perceive the world, to interact with it. To inform technology design with cultural aspects, we model our reality in three levels: technical, where the artefacts are; formal, where existing rules shape our behaviour; and informal, composed by values, beliefs and other aspects that influence how we perceive the world. We can promote a social change, redefining a community, by introducing new technology at the technical level. This is how and why we understand the importance of culture in design. In this paper, we present an overview of our design perspective under the Socially Aware approach, and illustrate this understanding applied to two case studies of design informed by sociocultural aspects.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
A Decarbonisation Platform for Citizen Empowerment and Translating Collective Awareness into Behavioural Change (Q-13-011-HA) (FP7 #265454)610829EU/4-Con Ltd
FAPESP (#2013/02821-1 and #2014/01382-7)Not SetNot Set
Extra Information: Held at the 7th International Communities and Technologies Conference (C&T 2015) in Limerick, Ireland, 27-30 June 2015
Keywords: culture; Human Computer Interaction; organisational semiotics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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Item ID: 43612
Depositing User: Lara Piccolo
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 13:32
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 07:49
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