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Kostakos, P., Alavesa, P., Oppenlaender, J., & Hosio, S. (2019). VR ethnography. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia - MUM ’19. Presented at the the 18th International Conference. https://doi.org/10.1145/3365610.3368422

VR ethnography : a pilot study on the use of virtual reality ’go-along’ interviews in Google street view

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Author: Kostakos, Panos1; Alavesa, Paula1; Oppenlaender, Jonas1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 6.5 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019120545829
Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-12-05
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Abstract

Go-along interviewing is an emerging qualitative research method for eliciting contextualised perspectives in which informants and observers conduct mobile interviews while navigating in real or imagined sites. This paper describes results of a pilot study that use virtual reality (VR) go-along interviews to explore university community members’ (N=6) contextualized perceptions of urban habitat fragmentation due to new transportation infrastructure. Participants were immersed into the popular Google Street View and asked to navigate from the University campus to the city center. Along that route, construction sites featured in 360° images acted as prompts for discussing ecological change. Preliminary results indicate that VR go-along interviews are able to evoke emotions and inform a broad range of research questions with regards to both verbal and non-verbal feedback received from the informants.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-7624-2
Pages: 1 - 5
Article number: 53
Host publication: MUM '19 Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia November 26 - 29, 2019 Pisa, Italy
Conference: International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Subjects:
VR
Funding: This work is (partially) funded by the European Commission grants CUTLER (770469) and PRINCE (815362), and by Academy of Finland 6Genesis Flagship (318927).
EU Grant Number: (770469) CUTLER - Coastal Urban developmenT through the LEnses of Resiliency
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2019 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in MUM '19 Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia November 26 - 29, 2019 Pisa, Italy, https://doi.org/10.1145/3365610.3368422.