Showboater: insight into sustainable rural community display networks from a longitudinal study

Stuart Nicholson, Dan Jackson, Adrian Clear, Patrick Olivier

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    This paper describes Showboater, a simple system architecture for rural community display networks. We outline the context of our 2-year longitudinal study and outline five design goals: a functional, sustainable, scalable, resilient networked display solution which affords roles for the distribution of governance. We describe the design and implementation of Showboater and how it aligns to the design goals, as well as describing two separate deployments. We reflect on evaluation feedback and provide insight into the implications of deploying Showboater as rural community display system, respective of the initial design goals, and present our recommendations for future improvements.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - Pervasive Displays 2019 - The 8th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays
    EditorsJessica Cauchard, Vito Gentile, Mohamed Khamis, Salvatore Sorce
    Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450367516
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    EventACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays 2019 - Palermo, Italy
    Duration: 12 Jun 201914 Jun 2019
    Conference number: 8th


    ConferenceACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays 2019
    Abbreviated titlePerDis 2019
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    • Community resource
    • Pervasive displays
    • Rural community
    • Social inclusion

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