Participatory Development of an Open Source Broadband Measurement Platform for Public Libraries

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11420)


Public libraries need access to reliable, automated, and longitudinal data on the speed and quality of service of their broadband Internet connections. Having such data at a local, granular level is essential for libraries to understand how their broadband infrastructure can meet their communities’ digital demands, as well as inform local, state, and national broadband planning efforts in the U.S. This paper contributes a participatory research methodology and an information system design proposal to investigate how public libraries can utilize broadband measurement tools to achieve these goals. The purpose of the research is to assist public libraries in gaining a better understanding of the relationship between their network infrastructure and digital services. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the expected findings from our project, which builds upon existing research that examined how broadband measurement tools can be utilized in public schools.


Public libraries Broadband Measurement Open source Information systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Simmons UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Open Technology Institute, New AmericaWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Internet2Ann ArborUSA

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