Outcome of Applying Evidence-Based Design to Public Computing Centers: A Preliminary Study

  • Martin Wolske University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Deven Gibbs University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Adam Kehoe University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Vera Jones
  • Sharon Irish University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Keywords: Public Computing Centers, Community Technology Centers, Evidence-Based Design

Abstract

Establishment of public computing centers (PCCs) has often been implemented within the digital divide framework and viewed as only stepping-stones towards preferred private access.  However, a range of research indicates the ongoing importance of PCCs to meet both private and public computing needs.  We used an evidence-based design approach to guide the implementation of a redesign of an active PCC located in an economically depressed metropolitan region of Illinois, USA.  Results indicate that physical design is critical and inseparable from the overall success of the lab, leading towards positive changes in the use and perception of the lab.

Author Biographies

Martin Wolske, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Martin Wolske is Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science

 

Deven Gibbs, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Deven Gibbs is a graduate student in the School of Architecture at Urbana-Champaign seeking to make a positive impact in the design of community spaces.
Adam Kehoe, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Adam Kehoe is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Sharon Irish, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Sharon Irish is a project coordinator at the Graduate School of Library and Science
Published
2012-11-25
How to Cite
Wolske, M., Gibbs, D., Kehoe, A., Jones, V., & Irish, S. (2012). Outcome of Applying Evidence-Based Design to Public Computing Centers: A Preliminary Study. The Journal of Community Informatics, 9(1). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/811
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