Two papers on Life2.0 about services for older people

Life 2.0 papers in iHCI and INTERACT11 conferences

Participation of the GTI in Irish HCI and INTERACT 2011 with two papers related to the work being conducted in Life 2.0

ConferencePaper at iHCI – Irish Human Computer Interaction Conference

Title: Cross-cultural aspects of ICT use by older people: preliminary results of a four-country ethnographical study by Josep Blat (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Sergio Sayago (University of Dundee), Nicola Morelli (Aalborg University), Mirja Kälviäinen (North Karelia University of Applied Sciences), Francesca Rizzo (Politecnico di Milano)

Abstract:  Culture is crucial in understanding how people use technologies and designing better ones. However, very little is known about cross-cultural aspects of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) use by older people (60+), despite an increasing ageing population. This short paper addresses this issue by drawing on an ethnographical study of ICT use conducted with over 120 people, aged 67-71, in four European countries: Finland, Denmark, Italy and Spain, over a 6-month period. The preliminary results show that making a social, independent and worth use of ICT are common aspects across the four countries, despite the so-called heterogeneity of older people as ICT users. This short paper also touches on two key aspects which emerged from the study, engaging older people in research and the evolution of barriers to technology use.

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Paper at the workshop on Human Work Interaction Design for e-Government and Public Information Systems  at INTERACT 2011 conference

Title: Fostering an active participation of older people in local communities: preliminary     results of an ethnographical study by Valeria Righi , Sergio Sayago, Susan Ferreira, Guiller Malón, Josep Blat

Abstract:An ageing population and tendency towards e-government has reinforced the need for further e-government research with older people. We have conducted a rapid ethnographical study aimed at understanding a relevant aspect of e-government with them: fostering the engagement of older people in their local community through Information and Communication Technologies. We present preliminary results of our study and discuss a potential scenario for supporting information sharing and strengthening a more active and dynamic participation of older people in their neighborhood.

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