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E-cidadania: systems and methods for the constitution of a culture mediated by information and communication technology


In the Brazilian society, we face a situation characterized by enormous differences with regard to socio-economics, culture, geographical region as well as access to technology and knowledge. The big challenge of Computer Science to change this reality lies in the search for methods and systems design that provide access and make sense to the users’ community, thus supporting the formation of a digital culture that respects the diversity in our society. This research investigates and proposes solutions for interaction models and interfaces for the diversity of users and competencies that constitute the scenario of the digitally excluded people in our society. In general terms, the project proposed aims at studying and proposing solutions to the challenges of interaction and user interface design for systems in the context of citizenship practice. To reach this goal, the research team develops joint actions with a partner institution (network and communities around it) to conduct interaction and interface design of a pilot system to be implemented in the target community. Making available systems that make sense to and are accessible by the citizen – and thus also bring benefits for society as a whole – requires a sociotechnical vision of the problem. Therefore, for this research we propose to use the frame of reference of Organizational Semiotics articulated with principles of Universal Design or Design for All. The contribution of this project lies in the advance of research in the area of (inclusive and universal) interfaces tailorable to users’ diversity of competencies as well as in the creation of applications that actually make sense to the target community (i.e. constitution of inclusive social networks and e-citizenship). (AU)

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BONACIN, RODRIGO; MELO, AMANDA M.; SIMONI, CARLOS A. C.; BARANAUSKAS, M. CECILIA C.. Accessibility and interoperability in e-government systems: outlining an inclusive development process. UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY, v. 9, n. 1, p. 17-33, . (07/54564-1)
FORTUNA‚ F.J.; BONACIN‚ R.; BARANAUSKAS‚ M.C.C.. A Framework Based on Ajax and Semiotics to Build Flexible User Interfaces. Enterprise Information Systems, p. 526-540, . (07/54564-1)
DOS REIS, JULIO CESAR; BONACIN, RODRIGO; BARANAUSKAS, M. CECILIA C.. Addressing universal access in social networks: an inclusive search mechanism. UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY, v. 13, n. 2, p. 125-145, . (07/54564-1)
BONACIN‚ R.; BARANAUSKAS‚ M.C.C.; RODRIGUES‚ M.A.. An Agile Process Model for Inclusive Software Development. Enterprise Information Systems, p. 807-818, . (07/54564-1)
ALMEIDA NERIS‚ V.P.; BARANAUSKAS‚ M.C.C.. Interfaces for All: A Tailoring-Based Approach. Enterprise Information Systems, p. 928-939, . (07/54564-1)
REIS‚ J.C.; BONACIN‚ R.; BARANAUSKAS‚ M.C.C.. Prospecting an Inclusive Search Mechanism for Social Network Services. Enterprise Information Systems, p. 555-570, . (07/54564-1)

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