Digital Cities 7 - Real World Experiences

International Workshop at C&T 2011

Thursday 30 June 2011

Brisbane, Australia


9:00 Opening words

9:20 Paper session #1: Mobile

Designing Mobile Personal Informatics Applications for Urban Settings
Tamara Chahine, University of Sydney, Australia
Martin Tomitsch, University of Sydney, Australia

Exploring Urban Space through Mobile Phone: A Case of Brand Experience Co-creation in China
Elaine Jing Zhao, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Swipe ‘I like’: Location Based Digital Narrative through Embedding The ‘Like’ Button in The Real World
Moritz Behrens, University College London, UK

10:40 Break

11:00 Paper session #2: Civic communication

Real-world Challenges when Designing Urban Interfaces for Civic Communication
Martin Brynskov, Aarhus University, Denmark
Jonas Fritsch, Aarhus University, Denmark

Pre-electoral Discussion in a Digital City. The case of ComunaliMilano2011
Ewa Krzatala-Jaworska, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
Fiorella De Cindio, Università of Milano, Italy
Leonardo Sonnante, Fondazione Rete Civica di Milano, Italy

A Platform for Personalised Neighbourhood Networks: The Case for a Casual Job Market
Hai He, University of Sydney, Australia
Rainer Wasinger, University of Sydney, Australia
Michael Fry, University of Sydney, Australia
Judy Kay, University of Sydney, Australia
Bob Kummerfeld, University of Sydney, Australia

Technology Appropriation: The ‘killer app’ in enabling Community Innovation in Marginalized Spaces
Nancy Odendaal, University of Cape Town, South Africa

12:40 Lunch

13:40 Paper session #3: Digital cities and social media

Dimensions of Informational City Research
Agnes Mainka, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany
Sviatlana Khveshchanka, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany
Wolfgang G. Stock, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany

Understanding Social Navigation in Urban Space: A Qualitative Case-Study on the Usage of Qype in Berlin
Florian Fischer, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

Remixing Social Media for Location Sharing on Public Urban Screens
Jan Seeburger, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Summary discussion on papers begins

15:20 Break

15:40 Summary discussion on papers continues

16:10 Keynote: Building Open Ubiquitous Oulu - Experience Report, Professor Timo Ojala, University of Oulu, Finland

17:10 Closing words


The contemporary cityscape is becoming increasingly saturated with different types of digital computing infrastructure. Everybody is carrying a wireless device equipped instant messaging and ubiquitous Internet access. Heterogeneous sensor systems measure and analyze the environment and provide detailed real-time views from air quality to traffic patterns and weather conditions. Large public displays are being employed for broadcasting public and commercial information and to offer interactive services to the general public.

This technology introduced in the very fabric of the urban space is inflicting fundamental changes on the connection between the city and its inhabitants. At the same time it is making the hidden layers of social, economical and political processes, tensions, and flows transparent and visible in ways that were never possible before. However, despite the new possibilities of enriching the experience of a city for its inhabitants with this new technology, we have yet to discover the ‘killer’ applications that would really take our experience of a digital city to the next level.

Building on the esteemed legacy of the previous six Digital Cities workshops, Digital Cities 7 continues the quest for knowledge and innovations to advance our experience of digital cities. DC7 has special focus on real world studies of digital cities involving real people and authentic urban settings. Such studies are important because real world systems are culturally situated and cannot be reliably assessed with simulations or lab studies detached from the real world context.

Call for papers

Topics of interest

DC7 solicits original contributions within the broad scope of real word experiences on digital cities. Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • devices and techniques
  • systems and infrastructures
  • applications and case studies
  • methodologies and tools
  • theories and models

A fundamental requirement for all contributions is that they report real world experiences.

Key dates

  • 06 May 2011 at noon UTC: Submission deadline
  • 06 June 2011: Notification of acceptance
  • 20 June 2011: Final versions of papers due
  • 30 June 2011: Workshop at C&T 2011, Brisbane, Australia


  • Timo Ojala, University of Oulu, Finland

Program committee

  • Alessandro Aurigi, Plymouth University, UK
  • Martin Brynskov, Center for Digital Urban Living, Denmark
  • Anind Dey, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Laura Forlano, Cornell University, USA
  • Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Jonna Häkkilä, Nokia Research Center, Finland
  • Toru Ishida, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Vassilis Kostakos, University of Madeira, Portugal
  • Hannu Kukka, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Jürgen Scheible, Aalto University, Finland
  • Ava Fatah gen. Schieck, University College London, UK
  • Hideyuki Tokuda, Keio University, Japan

Local arrangements chairs

  • Markus Rittenbruch, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Aaron Tan, University of Queensland, Australia

Paper format

All submissions must be be written in English and formatted according to the ACM SIGCHI Conference Publications Format template. Papers must be no longer than 4 pages, including the abstract of no more than 150 words, all figures, and references. Papers have to be anonymized to facilitate double blind review. Authors should take care throughout their paper that their and their institution's identity is not revealed. However, relevant references to an author's previous research (which may be required for reviewers to understand and evaluate the paper's contribution) should not be suppressed but instead referenced in a neutral way.

Paper submission

Papers must be submitted as PDF files using the EasyChair Conference System. An EasyChair account is needed to submit a paper.


After the workshop selected contributors will be invited to submit a full chapter, which will undergo double blind peer review before inclusion in a book proposal that will be offered to international publishers. An accepted paper not presented in the workshop will be automatically removed from this consideration.

Each past Digital Cities workshop has produced an edited volume containing selected workshop papers and other invited contributions as follows:

Digital Cities 6 -- Foth, M., Forlano, L., Gibbs, M. & Satchell, C. (Eds.) (2011) From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen – Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement, MIT Press.

Digital Cities 5 -- Foth, M. (Ed.) (2009). Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI Global.

Digital Cities 4 -- Aurigi, A., & De Cindio, F. (Eds.) (2008). Augmented Urban Spaces: Articulating the Physical and Electronic City. Aldershot, UK, Ashgate.

Digital Cities 3 -- van den Besselaar, P., & Koizumi, S. (Eds.) (2005). Digital Cities 3: Information Technologies for Social Capital (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 3081). Heidelberg, Germany, Springer.

Digital Cities 2 -- Tanabe, M., van den Besselaar, P., & Ishida, T. (Eds.) (2002). Digital Cities 2: Computational and Sociological Approaches (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 2362). Heidelberg, Germany, Springer.

Digital Cities 1 -- Ishida, T., & Isbister, K. (Eds.). (2000) Digital Cities: Technologies, Experiences, and Future Perspectives (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 1765). Heidelberg, Germany, Springer.