Participatory IT Center

Project: Research

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Aarhus University’s interdisciplinary research centre for Participatory IT establishes a new foundation for this area of research. Participatory IT research is the study of how people experience, understand, design, and shape information technology as part of their lived experience.
The centre extends the Scandinavian participatory design tradition, which has historically focused on involving people in the introduction of technology to their workplaces. However, during the recent decades, information technology has become an integrated element of almost all parts of people’s everyday lives, including leisure, civic activity, art, and culture, thereby establishing new forms of participation and social practices. The pervasiveness of information technology in human life poses new challenges for the way participation occurs, is supported, and understood.
Accordingly, the centre poses the fundamental question of what participation currently means, and how it may be supported by IT, today and in the future.
Effective start/end date01/09/201201/09/2017

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