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Mapping, sensing and visualising the digital co-presence in the public arena

Fatah gen. Schieck, A.; Penn, A.; O'Neill, E.; (2008) Mapping, sensing and visualising the digital co-presence in the public arena. In: Timmermans, H. and de Vries, B., (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning. Eindhoven University of Technology: Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reports on work carried out within the Cityware project using mobile technologies to map, visualise and project the digital co-presence in the city. This paper focuses on two pilot studies exploring the Bluetooth landscape in the city of Bath. Here we apply adapted and ‘digitally augmented’ methods for spatial observation and analysis based on established methods used extensively in the space syntax approach to urban design. We map the physical and digital flows at a macro level and observe static space use at the micro level. In addition we look at social and mobile behaviour from an individual’s point of view. We apply a method based on intervention through ‘Sensing and projecting’ Bluetooth names and digital identity in the public arena. We present early findings in terms of patterns of Bluetooth flow and presence, and outline initial observations about how people’s reaction towards the projection of their Bluetooth names practices in public. In particular we note the importance of constructing socially meaningful relations between people mediated by these technologies. We discuss initial results and outline issues raised in detail before finally describing ongoing work.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Mapping, sensing and visualising the digital co-presence in the public arena
Event: 9th International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Dates: 7-10 July 2008
ISBN: 9789068141733
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ddss.nl/Conferences
Language: English
Additional information: Published on CD-ROM
Keywords: Pervasive systems, digital presence, urban encounter, digital identity
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Graduate Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7546
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