2017 / Place IT! Exploring Digital Place- and Activity-Centric Services


2017 / Place IT! Exploring Digital Place- and Activity-Centric Services

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How can new and dynamic digital services help libraries transform into vibrant urban innovation hubs by supporting knowledge creation activities among citizens and turning this knowledge into an ever-growing part of the urban community's shared resources?

In this session, we will explore a new type of place- and activity-centric digital library services. Whereas library services typically focus on providing access to a collection of media, place- and activity centric services support activities in the library. The groundbreaking aspect is that place- and activity centric services capture knowledge generated through activities and events, make them a part of the library's collection, and allow future library users to explore and access them. In this way, the place- and activity centric services help break down the institutional walls of the library and make it an integrated part of urban life by creating an ever-evolving collection built on urban activities and knowledge generation.


Through engaging co-creation and participatory design, we will question, share and design activities and digital support for planning, executing and documenting activities and events (as well as  life on Mars) in the library.


What you will get from this session?

• The session is aimed at attendees who are involved in or would like to be involved in staging activities and events at the library.

• The goal is to give attendees an understanding for the complexity and needs before - during - after organising activities

• By the end attendees will have inspiration for, and a better understanding of, new types of activities, ideas for new partnerships, and how to reach out to more people.

• Design your dream system for planning - executing - and documenting activities taking place at the library.


What will happen?

• The session with start with a short introduction to the concept of place- and activity-centric digital library services

• Participants will be given a design challenge focused on activities hosted or initiated by public libraries on Mars - may the best design win!



  • Olof Torgersson, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Midas Nouwens, Aarhus University
  • Eva Eriksson, Chalmers University of Technology

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