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Designing for Sustainability: Key Issues of ICT Projects for Ageing at Home

Abstract

Achieving the sustainability of IT-based solutions is a challenge. We will argue in this paper that it is helpful to conceptualize designing for sustainable IT-based solutions as taking place in a multi-dimensional space. It requires thinking about how a project is framed; the perspectives and commitments of the project partners; the type of innovation that is foregrounded; the motivations and needs of the user group; and the level of sustainability a project or research program may achieve. The paper describes some of the challenges and possible solutions by revisiting a portfolio of projects that developed IT support for elderly people who continue living in their own homes.

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  1. In the terminology adopted in this paper the right term here would be transferability: this shows how the discourse about sustainability is far from a consolidated systematization.

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This study was realized in the context of the SFB 1187 “Media of Cooperation” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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Meurer, J., Müller, C., Simone, C. et al. Designing for Sustainability: Key Issues of ICT Projects for Ageing at Home. Comput Supported Coop Work 27, 495–537 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10606-018-9317-1

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Keywords

  • ICT design
  • Sustainability
  • Elderly people
  • Appropriation
  • Capacity building
  • Funding schemes
  • Collective learning