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Pub. period:2009-2012
Pub. count:5
Number of co-authors:14


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Peter Gregor:28
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Sayago, Sergio, Forbes, Paula and Blat, Josep (2012): Older people's social sharing practices in YouTube through an ethnographical lens. In: Proceedings of the HCI12 Conference on People and Computers XXVI 2012. pp. 185-194.

This paper reports on a classical, face-to-face ethnographical study of YouTube use and social sharing practices by 32 older people (65-90). The study was conducted in a computer clubhouse in Scotland over an 18-month period. Whereas research on Social Network Sites (SNS) is on the rise, very little is known about how people aged 60+ use them in their everyday lives, despite an ageing population. The study shows that the use of YouTube by this group of older people is occasional and motivated by face-to-face or online conversations in e-mails. They watch videos that they find meaningful, do not upload videos because they do not perceive any benefit in it, and search for videos by writing sentences, instead of clicking on categories, to reduce cognitive load. Online comments in YouTube are seldom read nor made. Instead, they make comments in f2f, and/or e-mails, always with key members of their social circles. They rate videos in these online and offline conversations, and share videos by capitalizing on previously learned strategies, such as copy-and-paste. We argue that these results provide a more complete picture of SNS and older people than that given by previous studies, and enable a discussion on their User Experience. We also discuss some implications for design.

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Gibson, Lorna, Forbes, Paula and Hanson, Vicki (2010): What can the 'ash cloud' tell us about older adults' technology adoption. In: Twelfth Annual ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Assistive Technologies 2010. pp. 301-302.

Older adults are often encouraged to try new technology by a specific motivator or 'trigger'. Recently, a surprising 'trigger' has emerged -- the 'ash cloud' which caused large scale disruption for air travel across Europe earlier in 2010. Understanding why this unexpected event managed to motivate interest into technology where other efforts have failed may provide further insight for research looking at the digitally disinterested.

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Gibson, Lorna, Arnott, John, Moncur, Wendy, Martin, Christopher, Forbes, Paula and Bhachu, Amritpal S. (2010): Designing social networking sites for older adults. In: Proceedings of the HCI10 Conference on People and Computers XXIV 2010. pp. 186-194.

The importance of older adults' social networks in providing practical, emotional and informational support is well documented. In this paper, we reflect on the personal social networks of older adults, and the shortcomings of existing online Social Networking Sites (SNSs) in supporting their needs. We report findings from ethnographic interviews, focus groups and hands-on demonstrations with older adults, where we find key themes affecting adoption of SNSs. We then consider design aspects that should be taken into account for future SNSs, if they are to meet the preferences of older users.

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Forbes, Paula, Gibson, Lorna, Hanson, Vicki L., Gregor, Peter and Newell, Alan F. (2009): Dundee user centre: a space where older people and technology meet. In: Eleventh Annual ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Assistive Technologies 2009. pp. 231-232.

In this paper, we describe the User Centre at the University of Dundee which provides a space for older people and technology to come together for the benefit of new learning opportunities, social interaction and research.

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Sloan, David, Macaulay, Catriona, Forbes, Paula and Loynton, Scott (2009): User research in a scientific software development project. In: Proceedings of the HCI09 Conference on People and Computers XXIII 2009. pp. 423-429.

The Usable Image project provides usability and user-centred design support to a scientific software development project. OMERO is a complex software application aimed at supporting the management, analysis and processing of microscopy images and associated data. In order to gather a richer understanding of the diversity and similarities of scientific practice and the role technology plays in supporting the work of scientists using images and image-related data, a range of user-research techniques have been applied, including design ethnography and surveys. This work has provided insights that have informed the development team, increasing knowledge and understanding of what is a complex usage environment, and helping in the process of creating a more usable and useful scientific tool. This paper discusses the insights gained from the ethnographic work and from user surveys, in terms of attitudes to and usage patterns of technology amongst life science researchers, and considers the implications of these insights on the user-centred design and development of OMERO.

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