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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION for QUT RESEARCH PROJECT
Urban Interfaces Research Team Contacts
Margot Brereton 3202-9149
m.brereton[at]qut.edu.au (please replace [at] with @ to send the email).
This project is being undertaken as part of research at Queensland University of Technology into the use of public digital noticeboards. The project is funded by the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID). The purpose of this project is to understand whether public digital noticeboards can help to enhance local community communications. These digital noticeboards can be viewed in local shops and cafes as well as from home. The public can post to the noticeboards using the World Wide Web or a mobile phone. Information that you post to a noticeboard will be publicly visible on the noticeboard and the World Wide Web. Any other information you provide will only be shared among our research team. The research team requests your assistance in order to help us understand the potential for technologies to assist community communications. We hope that these noticeboards will be useful to the community.
Your participation in this project is voluntary. You are free to withdraw at any time and ask us to remove any of your unprocessed material from this research project at any time. Please note that some of the material is anonymous and will be impossible to withdraw once it is submitted and processed.Your participation could involve viewing and interacting with a digital noticeboard, posting to a noticeboard or telling us your reaction to the noticeboard in a short interview.
We expect that you could benefit by using the information or services provided by the noticeboard.
There are no risks beyond normal day-to-day living associated with your participation in this project. The noticeboard is based on physical noticeboards, and includes mechanisms corresponding to being seen posting to a physical noticeboard, and easily removing offensive items.
If you are invited to be interviewed and agree to participate, all comments and responses are anonymous and will be treated confidentially. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses. Interviews will not be recorded on audio or video.
Consent to Participate
Due to the nature of the project a verbal consent mechanism will be used. Participants using the noticeboard in a public place will be asked if they are willing to answer questions about how they use the noticeboard. They will be provided this information sheet. Minors will not be interviewed unless they are accompanied by a consenting parent or legal guardian and the minor themselves consents to interview. Interviewees can decline to continue at any time and will be advised of this during the request for interview. Typical questions will relate to noticeboard use. E.g. Do you view the noticeboard at home? Have you posted to the noticeboard? How often do you look at the noticeboard? What do you like and dislike about the noticeboard?
Questions / further information about the project
Please contact the researcher team members named above to have any questions answered or if you require further information about the project.
Concerns / complaints regarding the conduct of the project
QUT is committed to researcher integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects. However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Officer on 3138 2340 or ethicscontact[at]qut.edu.au (please replace [at] with @ to send the email). The Research Ethics Officer is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.