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Finn, Megan (2011): 1857 California post-earthquake information practices. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 667-669. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1940761.1940861

In 1857 California experienced the largest earthquake in the history of the state. The conventional scientific explanations of earthquakes we have today were nonexistent, government was not involved in disaster response, and the information infrastructure included boats, horses, and local telegraphs. This poster reveals how the means of circulating documents such as newspapers, as well as other record keeping practices and information standards shaped how Californians constructed a narrative about the earthquake. The work presented here is part of a larger research project about the history and development of information practices following California earthquakes. The goal of this work is to understand how information infrastructure shapes communities' experience of disasters, and implications for information infrastructure design today.

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Davis, Marc, House, Nancy A. Van, Towle, Jeffrey, King, Simon, Ahern, Shane, Burgener, Carrie, Perkel, Dan, Finn, Megan, Viswanathan, Vijay and Rothenberg, Matthew (2005): MMM2: mobile media metadata for media sharing. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2005. pp. 1335-1338. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1056808.1056910

Cameraphones are rapidly becoming a global platform for everyday digital imaging especially for networked sharing of media from mobile devices. However, their constrained user interfaces and the current network and application infrastructure encumber the basic tasks of transferring, finding, and sharing captured media. We have deployed a prototype context-aware cameraphone application for mobile media sharing (MMM2) that aims to overcome these difficulties. MMM2 leverages the point of capture and of sharing to gather metadata, and uses metadata to support sharing. Based on the early results of the first 6 weeks of a six-month trial involving 60 users, indications are that with MMM2 users are actively capturing and sharing photos. The ability to automatically upload photos from a cameraphone to a web-based photo management application and to automatically suggest sharing recipients at the time of capture based on Bluetooth-sensed co-presence and sharing frequency promise to reduce the current difficulty of mobile media sharing.

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House, Nancy A. Van, Davis, Marc, Ames, Morgan, Finn, Megan and Viswanathan, Vijay (2005): The uses of personal networked digital imaging: an empirical study of cameraphone photos and sharing. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2005. pp. 1853-1856. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1056808.1057039

Developments in networked digital imaging promise to substantially affect the near-universal experience of personal photography. Designing technology for image capture and sharing requires an understanding of how people use photos as well as how they adapt emerging technology to their photographic practices, and vice versa. In this paper, we report on an empirical study of the uses made of a prototype context-aware cameraphone application for mobile media sharing, and relate them to prior work on photographic practices. By reducing many of the barriers to cameraphone use and image sharing (including increasing image quality, easing the sharing process, and removing cost barriers), we find that users quickly develop new uses for imaging. Their innovative communicative uses of imaging are understandable in terms of the social uses identified from prior photographic activity; new functional uses are developing as well.

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