This is the second part of this module which we already had back in first year.
In this module we mostly study academic papers on different topics. These are hard to read at first, for me at least, but after reading a few of them it becomes easier. The language is so different to what we are used to in everyday life. But now after the introduction in first year, it seems much easier now. Now, when I come across such a paper I can understand it much quicker and it is way more easier to read it than it used to be.
I learnt how to pick the right paper for the work I am carrying out. Also, now I know how to pick out the point the author is trying to get across and make the most of it. I now understand that it is crucial not just read the paper and agree with it, but also make my own opinion and also read other sources. Afterwards I can shape my own opinion and possibly critique or praise them.
The main objectives of this module is to teach us how to read research papers and mainly understand them. It also teaches us how to write annotated bibliography. This bibliography is based on the papers we were given to read about the topic we have picked. This topic is Urban Informatics and all the six papers were based on this topic.
An annotated bibliography is similar to the abstract but it is quite not the same, and it used to be confused between among people. Annotated bibliography not only include the plot of the paper but also the reader’s opinion on the paper, and this is the main difference between the two. It can also include some criticism.
Here are the two papers that were most interesting for me;
Lindley, J. and Potts, R. (2014), A Machine. Learning: An example of HCI Prototyping With Design Fiction
This paper is about Design Fiction being used in HCI as a prototyping technique. In the video, it shows a concept of an artificial smart device which is learns from its user what it can and the more it is used the more it learns. The idea behind this is to put the device into a real life situation and this helps the developer understand better how the device would behave. I like this idea and I think this can be used in the future projects.
Seeburger, J., (2012), No Cure For Curiosity: Linking physical and digital urban layers, pp, 247 – 255
The main idea in this paper was to see how PlaceTagz would test out in life. The author placed QR codes in public places so people could scan them and interact with each other. The main idea behind this project was to increase the interaction between people in urban areas. I liked this paper mainly because of this idea but also because people weren’t afraid to scan the QR code in public places and interact with complete strangers.