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Increasing visibility of culture through online information services: The case of Småland
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Library and Information Science)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4169-4777
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of computer science and media technology (CM).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6937-345X
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of computer science and media technology (CM).
2019 (English)In: BOBCATSSS 2019: The 27th symposium, 22-24 January 2019, Osijek, Croatia, Tampere: European Association for Library and Information Education and Research , 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Cultural events are of increasing importance as value creators in our society. They can serve to promote the attractiveness of a region, to increase social interactions and the quality of life and, not the least, to boost local economies. The ultimate purpose of our research is to significantly increase awareness of cultural attractiveness in Småland using innovative web technologies, both for its inhabitants as well as tourists. Reporting on the first stage of the project, this paper focuses on the exploration of requirements to design a mobile application and a website of cultural events in the region with contemporary art as a use case. 

Our methodological approach involved three major steps. First, interviews with cultural event providers, with focus on contemporary art, were conducted in order to identify initial needs and requirements for building the two types of interfaces.The interviews were conducted with two representatives of a governmental institution promoting contemporary art in the region, called Nya Småland (in English New Småland, http://www.nyasmaland.se/9/). After the first round of interviews, initial mock-ups of the interfaces were built, followed by another round of interviews to gain insights and feedback on those designs. Themes in the interviews addressed requirements and functionalities, both from perspectives of cultural event providers as well as those of user groups. The interviewees agreed that it is generally important to make contemporary art galleries and their activities visible to a wider audience through a good-quality app and a web site. It is often hard to reach the public with cultural events; one reason could be lack of money for advertising. 

In conclusion, the interviewees consider a quality app and a website for cultural events on contemporary art an important way in which to increase visibility of cultural events in the region and beyond. In addition, preserving information about past events for future uses is considered important, especially for journalists and politicians. Future research efforts will focus on developing an interactive prototype and acquiring feedback from content providers and a range of potential end user groups.

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Tampere: European Association for Library and Information Education and Research , 2019.
Keywords [en]
Cultural events, requirement gathering, web design, app design, usability
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Information Studies
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Humanities, Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80496OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-80496DiVA, id: diva2:1288268
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BOBCATSSS 2019: The 27th symposium, 22-24 January 2019, Osijek, Croatia
Available from: 2019-02-12 Created: 2019-02-12 Last updated: 2019-03-27

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