Shelf

Information

Project by: Connie Golsteijn

Year: 2009

Duration: 10 weeks

My role: Individual reseach project; I was responsible for the whole process. I did qualitative in-depth interviews and analysed the results by categorizing statements (closed coding). Furthermore, together with a computer science student I designed and created the research platform (Shelf) that could be used in a two-week user study.


Goal: study how an everyday artefact in someone's home can be enhanced with an interactive product or system. I chose to study the value of books and the potential of an added social network through a website called Shelf.

Study: to study the value of books an interview study was done with nine Dutch adults, in which they were asked to select some special books and explain why these were special to them. These interviews served as foundation and inspiration for four design concepts. After discussing these concepts with users, it was decided to study social interaction about books. The network website Shelf was created, with which people can create their own book lists, see what others are reading, recommend books and send messages. Shelf was used by eight people for two weeks to gather data on book communication.

Publication: This project resulted in the following publication: Golsteijn, C. and Hoven, E. van den (2011). Facilitating communication about books through an online community. In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp. 197-217. See Publications for more details.

Images

Shelf website: in this section a user can create a list of the books (s)he has read or wants to read.

Shelf website: in this section messages and recommendations can be send to other people in the network.

Shelf website: in this section the data and book lists of other people in the network can be viewed.

Shelf website: in this section the user's profile can be adjusted.

Bookcase of a participant in the interview study.

The selected special books of one of the participants.

Bookcase of a participant in the interview study.

The selected special books of one of the participants.

Some frequently used books of one of the participants.