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Title: A Field Study of Community Bar: (Mis)-matches between Theory and Practice
Authors: Romero, Natalia
McEwan, Gregor
Greenberg, Saul
Keywords: Computer Science
Issue Date: 27-Mar-2006
Abstract: Community Bar (CB) is groupware supporting informal awareness and casual interaction. CB s design was derived from three sources: prior empirical research findings concerning informal awareness and casual interaction, a comprehensive sociological theory called the Locales Framework, and the Focus/Nimbus model of awareness. We conducted an in-depth field study of a group s on-going use of Community Bar over several weeks. We use results obtained from this study to reflect upon the matches and mis-matches that occurred between the theoretical usage behaviour predicted by our theoretical design principles versus the actual usage behaviours observed in the deployed implementation. As a critique, this reflection is an important iterative step in considering how CB should be redesigned, and serves as a cautionary tale of the difficulty of translating theoretical nuances into practice.
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