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Exploring the dynamics of ownership in community-oriented design projects


This paper contributes an exploration of ownership as a dynamic process in community-oriented projects. We use case study accounts of two design projects to consider participation in contexts where social structure is relevant to design outcomes. In studying these dynamics, we consider four aspects: what motivates ownership
how ownership transitions
structures to support ownership
and facilitating efficacy among participants. Specifically, we study the contribution of a Danish research team to the production of a media façade for a Swedish municipality and how British researchers engaged community groups in making internet radio podcasts to share insight. We examine the complexity of the social process involved and trace patterns of change, before concluding with pragmatic and ethical reasons for technology design to pay attention to ownership issues.


Light, Ann; Hill, Katie J.; Hansen, Nicolai Brodersen; Hackney, Fiona; Halskov, Kim; Dalsgaard, Peter (2013): Exploring the dynamics of ownership in community-oriented design projects. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Communities and Technologies - C&T '13. DOI: 10.1145/2482991.2482998. ACM Press. pp. 90-99. Full Papers. Munich, Germany. June 29 - July 02, 2013