Meeting 8/10/2011: Zhu Li — Cultivating Collaborative Design-In-Use

End User Development has explored opportunities to enable software development in the use context. The focus of EUD places software development not in the production context but in the use context, since future emergent problems and practices need an open development software environment to allow users to create their situated applications.

This presentation will address the dilemma of software supporting collaboration, criteria for tools to foster creativity, and a conceptual model for building collaborative design software. A meta-reflective wiki based on the concept model will be introduced, in which code, content and users coexist in the same ecosystem. Users are able to create their own working environments with specific characteristics that can be evolved in time. The wiki thus becomes an environment where people collaborate and shape its code to achieve their design activities. The ʻend user productʼ will be one of the evolved states of the wiki itself.

In this presentation, I will provide an example of how students used the wiki to support their design activities in creating an energy feedback system for the iPad. I will discuss some findings from this project and introduce the next step of my research, which will be evaluating the wiki in a role playing game context.

Zhu Li received her Bachelor degree in Architecture from the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology in China. She also obtained an M.Arch Studies degree in Advanced Architecture Studies from the University of Sheffield and a M.Sc degree in Design and Digital Media from the University of Edinburgh, earning distinctions in both. Zhu Li is currently a PhD student at the Department of Computer Science and Communication (DICo) of the University of Milan. She is also a Marie Curie early stage researcher. Her current research is investigating End-User-Development and meta-design approaches for creative problem solving in cultural information and communication environments.