End-User Development and Meta-design: Foundations for Cultures of Participation

  • Gerhard Fischer
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-00427-8_1

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5435)
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Fischer G. (2009) End-User Development and Meta-design: Foundations for Cultures of Participation. In: Pipek V., Rosson M.B., de Ruyter B., Wulf V. (eds) End-User Development. IS-EUD 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5435. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


The first decade of the World Wide Web predominantly enforced a clear separation between designers and consumers. New technological developments, such as the cyberinfrastructure and Web 2.0 architectures, have emerged to support a participatory Web. These developments are the foundations for a fundamental shift from a consumer culture (specialized in producing finished goods to be consumed passively) to a culture of participation (in which all people are provided with the means to participate actively in personally meaningful activities). End-user development and meta-design provide foundations for this fundamental transformation. They explore and support new approaches for the design, adoption, appropriation, adaptation, evolution, and sharing of artifacts by all participating stakeholders. They take into account that cultures of participation are not dictated by technology alone: they are the result of incremental shifts in human behavior and social organizations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhard Fischer
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  1. 1.Center for LifeLong Learning and Design (L3D)University of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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