Our understanding of users' everyday practices in their natural contexts is still very limited. Insights are often only available from studies conducted outside of the context itself. I propose a new approach to study use situated in real-world everyday mobile contexts (at the time and place where the activity is happening) by leveraging three keyenablers: (1) the high penetration of smart phones, (2) their easy programmability and (3) the large-scale distribution channels for mobile applications that come with the platforms. My approach suggests a triggered response solicitation, which prompts the user for responses on feelings, experiences and practices whenever specified context variables are true. The approach is still in an early conceptual phase and will be applied in the area of understanding citizen participation out and about in the city.
Situated Use; Real-world everyday mobile contexts; mobile user studies; mobile applications; distribution channels
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ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. Ubicomp '10, 2010