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People-to-People-to-Geographical-Places: The P3 Framework for Location-Based Community Systems

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In this paper we examine an emerging class of systems that link P eople-to- P eople-to-Geographical- P laces; we call these P3-Systems . Through analyzing the literature, we have identified four major P3-System design techniques: People-Centered systems that use either absolute user location (e.g. Active Badge ) or user proximity (e.g. Hocman ) and Place-Centered systems based on either a representation of people’s use of physical spaces (e.g. ActiveMap ) or on a matching virtual space that enables online interaction linked to physical location (e.g. Geonotes ). In addition, each feature can be instantiated synchronously or asynchronously. The P3-System framework organizes existing systems into meaningful categories and structures the design space for an interesting new class of potentially context-aware systems. Our discussion of the framework suggests new ways of understanding and addressing the privacy concerns associated with location aware community system and outlines additional socio-technical challenges and opportunities.


Jones, Quentin; Grandhi, Sukeshini A.; Terveen, Loren; Whittaker, Steve (38200): People-to-People-to-Geographical-Places: The P3 Framework for Location-Based Community Systems. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): Vol. 13. DOI: 10.1007/s10606-004-2803-7. Springer. PISSN: 1573-7551. pp. 249-282