Understanding mass participatory pervasive computing systems for environmental campaigns

Alan Chamberlain, Mark Paxton, Kevin Glover, Martin Flintham, Dominic Price, Chris Greenhalgh, Steve Benford, Peter Tolmie, Eiman Kanjo, Amanda Gower, Andy Gower, Dawn Woodgate, Danaë Stanton Fraser

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Participate was a 3-year collaboration between industry and academia to explore how mobile, Web and broadcast technologies could combine to deliver environmental campaigns. In a series of pilot projects, schools used mobile sensors to enhance science learning; visitors to an ecological attraction employed mobile phones to access and generate locative media; and the public played a mobile phone game that challenged their environmental behaviours. Key elements of these were carried forward into an integrated trial in which participants were assigned a series of environmental missions as part of an overarching narrative that was delivered across mobile, broadcast and Web platforms. These experiences use a three-layered structure for campaigns that draw on experts, local groups and the general public, who engage through a combination of playful characterisation and social networking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1775-1792
Number of pages18
JournalPersonal and Ubiquitous Computing
Issue number7
Early online date11 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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