Co-Design of Digital Storytelling System with Geographic Information

The Academy of Finland funds the two-year project “Co-Design of Digital Storytelling System with Geographic Information: The Interplay Between Face-to-face and Mediated Communication in Urban Communities in Finland and Japan”. The Japanese partners are funded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science.

The project brings together the work of research communities in Finland and Japan to form a new interdisciplinary approach combining communication research, urban planning and collaborative action research, in an effort to better understand the relationship and interplay between face-to-face (F2F) and mediated communication in urban communities. In particular, the project will explore the possibilities to tie together methodologies and approaches from the Japanese and Finnish collaborators, namely DST (Digital Storytelling), Collaborative Design and SoftGIS (Geographic Information Systems) into a useful methodological toolset. The main contribution of the project lies in developing the methodological toolset and producing new knowledge on the use of communication technology in urban communities.

The partners are:

University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research, Media and Communication Studies, CRC

Aalto University, School of Engineering, Department of Surveying and Planning, Land Use Planning and Urban Studies Group

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Arki research group

University of Tokyo

Sapporo Ohtani University

Hitotsubashi University

The principal investigator of the consortium in Finland is adjunct professor Mikko Villi and in Japan professor Shin Mizukoshi.