Informal Awareness and Casual Interaction with the Notification Collage

Rounding, M. (2004)
Informal Awareness and Casual Interaction with the Notification Collage. Master's thesis, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April.

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Abstract

Communities of intimate collaborators are people who know each other and have a need, reason, and desire to stay in contact with one another on a daily basis. These are groups such as families, research groups, and close circles of friends. The ‘glue' that holds these groups together is casual interaction, or the lightweight and informal communication and coordination that is important in everyday activities. Casual interaction is facilitated by informal awareness, where people naturally accumulate information about what is happening in their physical surroundings without realizing it. The problem is that casual interaction breaks down over distance. In this thesis, I explore the design for a multimedia tool called the Notification Collage. Using an extendible set of independent multimedia elements (Media Items), I will show how it supports casual interaction in a community of intimate collaborators that contain a mixture of co-located and distance-separated people.

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@MASTERSTHESIS { 2004-Rounding.MScThesis,
CLASS = { THESIS },
AUTHOR = { Rounding, M. },
TITLE = { Informal Awareness and Casual Interaction with the Notification Collage },
SCHOOL = { Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary },
ADDRESS = { Calgary, Alberta, Canada },
YEAR = { 2004 },
MONTH = { April },
}