University of Oulu

Iván Sánchez Milara, Georgi V. Georgiev, Jani Ylioja, Onnur Özüduru & Jukka Riekki (2019) "Document-while-doing": a documentation tool for Fab Lab environments, The Design Journal, 22:sup1, 2019-2030, DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2019.1594926

“Document-while-doing” : a documentation tool for Fab Lab environments

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Author: Sánchez Milara, Iván1,2; Georgiev, Georgi V.1; Ylioja, Jani1,2;
Organizations: 1Center for Ubiquitous Computing. University of Oulu, Finland
2Fab Lab Oulu. University of Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.7 MB)
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-06-26


Maker and DIY communities are constantly sharing tutorials, projects documentation, as well as design sketches and model files. Producing documentation of good quality has its challenges, one of them being the amount of time needed to generate it. In this paper, we present a software tool that assists makers and hobbyists in creating reports and tutorials of their projects on-the-go, that is, at the same time they are working on them. A mobile phone application allows taking pictures, grouping them and annotating them with text and audio. All the material collected during the making activity is automatically stored online and presented in a website created for the project. The maker can later modify this site by means of adding additional text, reordering the pictures, or including extra multimedia content or design files. This tool is specially tailored to the documentation needs of the Fab Lab network.

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Series: Design journal. An international journal for all aspects of design
ISSN: 1460-6925
ISSN-E: 1756-3062
ISSN-L: 1460-6925
Volume: 22
Issue: sup1
Pages: 2019 - 2030
DOI: 10.1080/14606925.2019.1594926
Conference: International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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