Ad hoc encounters with big data: Engaging citizens in conversations around tabletops

Morten Fjeld, Paweł Woźniak, Josh Cowls, Bonnie Nardi, Feb 08, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think we can all agree that "interactive tabletops will allow users to explore data in familiar places such as living rooms, cafés, and public spaces." So how will we use these when they become commonplace? "Instead of convincing citizens to leave pubs, bars, and cafés to attend meetings in dedicated discussion spaces, mobile tabletops could create arenas for interactive, improvised deliberation. These can take place around the table already being used, with personal devices playing an active role in the discussion." The idea is that, with the right technology, any tabletop can become an interactive tabletop.

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