Involving geographically distributed users in the design of an interactive system

Saturnino Luz, Masood Masoodian

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We report the process of designing an interactive system for use in disease surveillance and patient case management at remote communities in the Amazon region. The design aimed at coordinating and supporting the tasks of a distributed community of users in the region, and involved collaboration of designers and developers located in three continents, working on a common research project. In spite of this high degree of geographical distribution, both of users and designers, a participatory design approach was pursued. The challenges faced by this project as regards securing end-user involvement, eliciting requirements, generating and validating design ideas, and iterating the design process are discussed. A prototype which embodies the experience gained in applying these methods in this particular setting is also described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUser Interfaces 2014 - Proceedings of the 15th Australasian User Interface Conference, AUIC 2014
EditorsBurkhard C. Wunsche, Stefan Marks
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781921770333
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAustralasian User Interface Conference - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 20 Jan 201423 Jan 2014
Conference number: 15

Publication series

NameConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
ISSN (Print)1445-1336


ConferenceAustralasian User Interface Conference
Abbreviated titleAUIC
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


  • Disease surveillance
  • Inter-active geographical maps
  • Medical information systems
  • Mobile devices


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