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An “in the wild” longitudinal cross-site study of networked public displays user communities through situated snapshots

Memarovic, Nemanja; Schieck, Ava Fatah gen.; Schnädelbach, Holger; Kostopoulou, Efstathia; North, Steve; Ye, Lei


Nemanja Memarovic

Ava Fatah gen. Schieck

Holger Schnädelbach

Efstathia Kostopoulou

Steve North

Lei Ye


Networked public displays are a new medium, and as such they can improve the quality and experience of urban spaces by providing new means to engage members of place-based communities. As they are located in different public spaces understanding commonalities and differences between their user communities helps in building a solid foundation for knowledge on how networked public displays operate. In this paper we describe findings from a 12 weeks deployment of the Moment Machine application that allows posting and viewing situated snapshots across 4 displays placed in urban settings of the Screens in the Wild Network. We describe similarities/differences between the four user communities in terms of the photos taken, returning users behavior, interaction session properties etc. Overall, our findings contribute to the buildup of knowledge on general engagement patterns of networked public displays’ user communities. We also suggest that situated snapshots and their analysis as described in this paper can be used as a research tool and methodology for capturing and uncovering the part of a place-based community interested in interacting with public displays.


Memarovic, N., Schieck, A. F. G., Schnädelbach, H., Kostopoulou, E., North, S., & Ye, L. (2016). An “in the wild” longitudinal cross-site study of networked public displays user communities through situated snapshots. Manuscript submitted for publication

Conference Name Media Architecture Biennial 2016
End Date Jun 4, 2016
Acceptance Date Mar 21, 2016
Publication Date Jun 1, 2016
Deposit Date May 23, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Networked urban screens; Situated snapshots; Community interaction; Urban computing
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