Identifying and Representing Elements of Local Contexts in Namibia

  • Kasper Rodil
  • Kasper Løvborg Jensen
  • Matthias Rehm
  • Heike Winschiers-Theophilus
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8006)


In an attempt to represent local context in a 3D visualisation for rural elders in Namibia we have found major differences in the conceptualization of this context between external and local partners in the co-creation process. Through the evaluation of a mobile context capture tool we found a clear disconnection of community members with both abstract and absolute representations of points, paths and areas. From this we discuss how the local concepts of space and time as frames of reference can not be represented adequately with our current selection of contextual data, and how we are engaging in participatory activities to derive a common understanding of contextual representations.


context indigenous knowledge Participatory Design context-aware re-contextualization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kasper Rodil
    • 1
  • Kasper Løvborg Jensen
    • 2
  • Matthias Rehm
    • 1
  • Heike Winschiers-Theophilus
    • 2
  1. 1.Dep. of Architecture, Design and Media TechnologyAalborg UniversityDenmark
  2. 2.Mobile Future Lab and Dep. Software Eng.Polytechnic of NamibiaNamibia

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