Hyperlocal User-Generated Video Contributions on Public Displays

Dieter Michielsen, Jorre Vannieuwenhuyze, Sandy Claes, Andrew Vande Moere, Olga Tsoumani, Chaja Libot, Shenja van der Graaf

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Public displays are being increasingly used to entice citizen participation, yet their content often lacks the true voice of local inhabitants. This paper investigates the potential of allowing user-generated videos to be shown unto public displays. We thus evaluated a preliminary version of 'Story Maker', a cross-media platform that invited local inhabitants to contribute video snippets in reaction to a thematic calls to action. The uploaded videos were edited into a weekly story by a professional media moderator, and shown on three large displays located in different semi-public contexts. Our qualitative analysis of a five-week in-the-wild study translates into design considerations that focus on how user-generated content should emphasize a clear purpose, valorise an already existing community, follow immediately actionable expectations with few practical complications, and should be edited by people with local knowledge. We expect these considerations to be helpful towards future public applications of citizen-empowered content creation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerDis '20
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 9TH ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays
EditorsSarah Clinch, Enrico Rukzio, Jan Gugenheimer
PublisherACM Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-7986-1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event9th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, PerDis 2020 - Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jun 20205 Jun 2020
Conference number: 9


Conference9th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, PerDis 2020
Abbreviated titlePerDis
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Public displays
  • Citizen engagement
  • Community building
  • Participation
  • Content creation
  • Smart City
  • n/a OA procedure


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