Traditionally personas have been created based on interviews, observations and other qualitative methods. Earlier on I have also used segmentation tools to start from. I have recently played a minor part in an interesting research project started by Jim Jansen and his team at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar. At HBKU the have created automated personas based on a large amount of data derived from social media.
You can read more about the Automated Personas Generation here: http://jimjansen.blogspot.dk/2017/04/dynamic-persona-generation.html
Tirsdag den 8. marts var der gÃ¥-hjem-mÃ¸de om co-design af personas pÃ¥ IT-Universitetet i KÃ¸benhavn, arrangeret af Center for Persona-forskning- og Anvendelse og InfinIT.
Â En af udfordringerne ved at lave personas er at fÃ¥ dem gjort trovÃ¦rdige og genkendelige for bÃ¥de brugere og udviklere, og her kan co-design â€“ hvor de virkelige brugere er med til at designe personaerne â€“ afhjÃ¦lpe problemet.
Dagens talere var Daniel Gonzalez-Cabrero (ph.d-studerende ved University of West London), der fortalte om sit arbejde med co-creation af personas i Namibia, og Charlotte Albrechtsen (brugerinddragelseskonsulent i Tovejs), der delte ud af sine erfaringer med co-design af personas.
International user studies: How companies collect and present data about users on international markets
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In this report, we present the results of a research project about international user studies.
The project has been carried out by researchers from the Center for Persona Research and â€“Application, The IT University in Copenhagen and the Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University.
Based on a qualitative interview study with 15 user researchers from 11 different companies, we have investigated how companies collect and present data about users on international markets
Companies do not collect data about end users in all the countries/regions they operate in.
Instead, they focus on a few strategic markets. Key findings are:
- Companies do not collect data about end users in all the countries/regions they operate in. Instead, they focus on a few strategic markets.
- International user studies tend to be large-scale studies that involve the effort of many both internal and external/local human resources. The studies typically cover 2-4 countries/regions and many end users in each country/region.
- The preferred data collection method is . If possible, user researchers choose to go to the field themselves and gain rich insights and to control the data collection process.
- The preferred data collection method is
- The main insights companies gain from international user studies are (1) that there are many similarities among end users across nationalities and (2) that it often is more important to focus on and take differences in market conditions into account than national culture per se.
- Companies are in the process of finding out how to best present the insights about their international end users to their employees. However, so far, no best practice for incorporating both national cultural differences and cross-cultural similarities into personadescriptions, segmentations, etc. has been found.
Invitation to seminar, 26 August 2014, IT University of Copenhagen
We invite companies with an interest in international markets, users, and personas to a seminar on international user studies. At the seminar we will present the results from our latest research project on how Danish companies do International User Studies and in line with that work with International Personas.
Date: Tuesday 26 August 2014 Time: 13.00â€“16.00
Place: The IT University of Copenhagen
Rued Langgaardsvej 7, 2300 Copenhagen S
(Room to be announced)
Price: Participation is free of charge but registration is necessary
Registration: Register at InfinITs website
Deadline: Friday 22. August
This video shows how we have worked with personas in a specific project – Kemibrug.dk – a website for laboratory technicians and researchers.