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Volume 17, Issue 2


Digital Probes Kit

A Concept for Digital Probes

Daniel Koch / Susanne Maaß
Published Online: 2018-08-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/icom-2018-0016


(Cultural) probes have been used in various software design projects and HCI contexts over the last years. With the ubiquity of smartphones today, there are new ways to design probes material as digital probes. Smartphones allow to document everyday life in situ in mobile contexts and provide a permanent channel for communication between researchers and participants. Based on an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of traditional probes, we propose a concept for a Digital Probes Kit in the form of a digital diary and describe its potential.

Keywords: HCI; cultural probes; requirements elicitation; ethnography; digital probes; probes kit


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About the article

Daniel Koch

Daniel Koch, M.Sc., studied Computer Science at University of Bremen, Germany, and at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is particularly interested in user-oriented and participatory design. He worked for the research project Participatory Design of Technologies for Demographic Change (ParTec) and wrote his master thesis on Digital Probes.

Susanne Maaß

Susanne Maaß is a professor for Applied Informatics and leader of the work group Sociotechnical Systems Design and Gender (SoteG) at the Department for Mathematics and Informatics of the University of Bremen, Germany. She works in the area of requirements elicitation, participatory design, user-oriented software development and computer-supported cooperative work, integrating gender and diversity aspects in her teaching and research.

Published Online: 2018-08-07

Published in Print: 2018-08-28

Citation Information: i-com, Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 169–178, ISSN (Online) 2196-6826, ISSN (Print) 1618-162X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/icom-2018-0016.

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