Thursday, August 30, 2012


The MoPED project took place a City University, a 1960's "glass-plate" university which has a relatively congested city-centre site in Islington, London. The university library has embarked on a major investment in digital resources, as physical space limitations and an expansion of both the university's taught disciplines and number of students has produced an acute pressure on space.

Students who participated in the studies were a combination of computer- and information- science students in the third year of bachelor degree programmes, or involved in postgraduate study. It was known, from consultation with subject specialists at the university library and faculty members, that student use of online resources was generally poor, and offsite access was perceived as being difficult for a variety of practical reasons, including access controls.

The aim of the MoPED project was to discover if public displays of information, which advertised downloadable information on accessing specific resources (e.g. journals recommended by faculty staff), could be combined with students' mobile phones to improve the likelihood of students using the available online resources. The primary anticipated solution was to provide downloadable access information to mobile phones that could then be read at home to reduce the difficulty of successfully downloading online content off site.

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