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Situatedness of Awareness Information: Impact on the Design and Usage of Awareness Systems

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Publication date2009
Host publicationAwareness Systems: Advances in Theory, Methodology and Design
EditorsPanos Markopoulos, Wendy Mackay, Boris Ruyter
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84882-477-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-84882-476-8
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameHuman–Computer Interaction Series
ISSN (Print)1571-5035


This chapter focuses on our exploration of awareness-related messaging by users of a situated display-based messaging system. The system, known as Hermes, was initially deployed outside offices in the Computing Department at Lancaster University (see Cheverst et al., 2003a,b) and a significant portion of its use related to awareness, e.g. a member of staff posting a message on her door display accounting for her absence or indicating her future presence. A second version of the Hermes system has recently been across 40 offices in the Computing Department’s new home, a building called Infolab.