What Seniors Value About Online Community

  • Oliver Kisalay Burmeister School of Computing and Mathematics, Centre for Research in Complex Systems, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
Keywords: Aged, ethnography, human-computer interaction, neighborhood, user centered design, value sensitive design

Abstract

Seniors are involved in online communities around the world. Human-computer interaction researchers have investigated how understanding the values of users can improve technology design, but until now few such investigations have involved systems for seniors. Similarly, although various aspects of networked communities have been researched, few studies have explored ones involving seniors. This interpretivist/constructivist study reveals what a particular community run by and expressly for seniors, value about their community. Of the six key social values identified, their single most important value was ‘belonging to a community of peers’. These values have implications for the design of online communities involving seniors.

Author Biography

Oliver Kisalay Burmeister, School of Computing and Mathematics, Centre for Research in Complex Systems, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Oliver Burmeister is a lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics, at Charles Sturt University. His work is focused in the field of Social Informatics (SI). His main pursuits are in Internet-based social interaction involving seniors with sporadic (age-related) Alzheimer's disease.

Published
2012-02-20
How to Cite
Burmeister, O. (2012). What Seniors Value About Online Community. The Journal of Community Informatics, 8(1). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/545

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