Fail Better: Lessons Learned from a Formative Evaluation of Social Object Labels

This paper presents Social Object Labels as an in-gallery commenting platform and reports on a formative evaluation of the concept focusing on visitors’ awareness and mental models of the developed prototype. Findings confirm many design assumptions underlying the evaluated prototype but also flag up serious problems resulting in low engagement levels. They suggest a need to de-emphasise optical markers in the user interface, to provide visitors with a clear idea about the potential rewards of engagement and to align the interaction design with users’ expectations shaped by the wider interaction environment. The paper concludes with an tentative outlook on future design directions.

Keywords: Social Object Labels; User Generated Content; Pervasive Displays; Ubiquitous Annotation; Mobile Interaction.

Winter, M., Gorman, M.J., Brunswick, I., Browne, D., Williams, D. and Kidney, F. (2015). Fail Better: Lessons Learned from a Formative Evaluation of Social Object Labels. 8th International Workshop on Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage, PATCH @ IUI 2015, March 29–April 1, 2015, Atlanta, USA.


MobiQuitous 2013

logo10th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services. December 5–7, 2013 Tokyo, Japan

1 June 2013 Workshops proposal deadline
1 August 2013 Full Paper Submission deadline
10 October 2013 Notification and Registration opens
31 October 2013 Camera-ready deadline

Museum Next

12 – 14 May 2013, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

Another interesting conference I’m going to miss :(

UbiComp 2013

The 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2013) is the result of a merger of the two most renown conferences in the field: Pervasive and UbiComp. While it retains the name of the latter in recognition of the visionary work of Mark Weiser, its long name reflects the dual history of the new event.

The conference will be held in this new merged format for the very first time from September 8-12, 2013, in Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Papers (Deadline: March 22, 2013)
  • Workshop Organisers (published February 2013)
  • Workshop Participants (published May 2013)
  • Demos (published March 2013)
  • Posters (published March 2013)
  • Doctoral Consortium (published March 2013)

PATCH2013 @ UMAP2013

Apr 01, 2013: Submission deadline (23:59 PM Hawaiian time)
May 01, 2013: Notification to authors

Short research papers (up to 4-6 pages)
Full research papers (up to 8-12 pages)
Demo (system demonstrations) papers (up to 4 pages)
Position statements (up to 2-4 pages)

6th International Workshop on Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage | PATCH2013 @ UMAP2013

The 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference

HCI 2013 will be held between the 9th and the 13th September 2013, with the main conference starting 11th September at Brunel University. The conference will focus on “the internet of things” and the challenges it holds for HCI researchers.

Submission dates:
Full Papers:- 29th March 2013 (Notification:- 31st May 2013)
Short Papers, DC, WiP & Alt-HCI:- 14th June 2013 (Notification:-26th July 2013)

Relevant topics:
· Persuasive Technology
· Mobile Interactions
· User Experience
· Touchable interactions
· Affective Computing/Interactions
· Usability Engineering
· Accessibility
· Child Computer Interaction
· Interaction Design
· Recommender Systems
· Annotation
· Brain Computer Interfaces
· Technology and Culture
· E-Government


MobileHCI 2013

February 15, 2013: Full and Short Papers
April 12, 2013: Doctoral Consortium
April 26, 2013: Full and Short Papers Notification
May 8, 2013: Posters
May 8, 2013: Demos and Experiences
May 31, 2013: Papers Camera Ready
August 27-30, 2013: Conference in Munich