The Kaleidoscopio Blog: enabling Community Participation with ICT

It is really nice to see that simple things can have really big impact. And that’s the case of the Blog we have helped to build in the “Centro Servizi Anziani” Kaleidoscopio.

It all started with a Participatory Laboratory of Technologies we brainstormed with them. For more than 2 months, us and them, ICT researchers and future users of our technologies, altogether engaged on an activity to learn from each other. They were learning to use computers. We were learning what should computer (and more generally ICT) should give to them. And in that process, we found that a suitable way of helping them reach out to share their experiences was a Blog, which seems to have become an exciting trigger of community participation within their community.

So, this blog post is just to make notice of that. I will further explore this in a next post, once we get the reviews of a paper on the subject we have submitted to the International Conference on Community Informatics.

Please, go ahead and take a read to their Blog. There is a lot from what we can learn there 😉

And, just to give an idea of how much the participation is being supported by this Blog, here are some notes and statistics (as of July 27th) that we can report about it:

  • 73 Articles published in three months (may, june and july), with more than a half posted after the lab ended in may.
  • 20 different authors with 6 of them posting at least once a week.
  • Most of them like to work and post in pairs, which is a very interesting interaction pattern.
  • And most of the posts contain mentions to other members and activities that take place inside the community.
  • Most articles are uncategorized (55), which means probably that these is a feature of the blog which is either not easy to use or find for them.
  • Even if they are uncategorized, by reading at their post, one can see that the top trending topics are their activities with the center, poetry and life reflections.
  • Commenting interaction, on the other hand, is still very low and it might be a future factor for reducing motivation.

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