Building social life networks through mobile interfaces: the case study of Sri Lanka farmers

Pasquale Di Giovanni*, Marco Romano, Monica Sebillo, Genoveffa Tortora, Giuliana Vitiello, Tamara Ginige, Lasanthi De Silva, Jeevani Goonethilaka, Gihan Wikramanayake, Athula Ginige

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The development of mobile applications is paramount to support users living in developing countries to improve their lives. One of the major research challenges is to develop a user interface suitable for such users. In this chapter we present the design process we applied in order to develop a mobile application oriented to farmers living in Sri Lanka. The application prototype developed so far has been evaluated against usability requirements and a usability evaluation framework has been devised, which can be used to replicate the tests as the application iteratively reaches its final release. This work represents a pilot study within a wider international research project aiming to provide real-time information to support activities related to livelihood delivered using mobile phone applications targeted to meet the needs of people in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganizational change and information systems
Subtitle of host publicationworking and living together in new ways
EditorsPaolo Spagnoletti
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783642372285
ISBN (Print)9783642372278
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLecture notes in information systems and organisation
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4968


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