PLACED - Place- and Activity-Centric Dynamic Library Services
|Coordinator||CHALMERS TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLA AKTIEBOLAG - Institutionen för tillämpad informationsteknologi|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 3 066 466|
|Project duration||March 2017 - February 2020|
Purpose and goal
PLACED focuses on the development of new digital services that demonstrate how place- and activity-centered digital services linked to the physical library space can enable libraries to integrate activities with library collections. We have developed two prototypes that provide a web-based open source infrastructure to integrate library activities with collections and enable documentation of knowledge generated by active citizens in these activities, creating an ever-evolving library collection.
Expected results and effects
The impact comes through the exploration and development of new public library services, supporting the planning and execution of activities, captures knowledge generated in activities thereby extending the library collection, and enables citizens to subsequently explore and access place- and activity-specific knowledge. This will transform the library into an integrated space offering novel digital services to support community-based knowledge development across socio-cultural divides and increase the capacity of the urban area to answer local challenges.
Planned approach and implementation
We employ a participatory design approach that brings together research institutions, libraries, citizens, and industry in order to understand user needs and develop accessible and usable services. We develop and evaluate two demonstrators that show the potential of place- and activity-centric library services, and disseminate this knowledge to libraries, policy makers, citizens, researchers, and technology providers across Europe. We have achieved the expected results in that the proposed prototypes have been developed, deployed, and evaluated in library activities.