e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 8th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2016, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, December 6-7, 2016, Proceedings

Research Article

Redesigning Mobile Phone Contact List to Integrate African Social Practices

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-66742-3_3,
        author={Pasteur Poda and A. Compaor\^{e} and Borlli Som\^{e}},
        title={Redesigning Mobile Phone Contact List to Integrate African Social Practices},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. 8th International Conference, AFRICOMM 2016, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, December 6-7, 2016, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2017},
        month={10},
        keywords={Contact list Contact information Mobile phonebook Mobile recommendation Social relation Social software},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-66742-3_3}
    }
    
  • Pasteur Poda
    A. Compaoré
    Borlli Somé
    Year: 2017
    Redesigning Mobile Phone Contact List to Integrate African Social Practices
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-66742-3_3
Pasteur Poda1,*, A. Compaoré1,*, Borlli Somé1,*
  • 1: Université polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso
*Contact email: pasteur.poda@univ-bobo.bf, joelle.compaore@univ-bobo.bf, sborlli@gmail.com

Abstract

During the last decade, the design of social software involving the mobile phone contact list has been an active field of research. Systems, mostly those based on awareness, addressed many issues of social interest such as group communication or social ties building and strengthening. Yet, the mobile devices contact lists, as they are designed until now, do not efficiently take into account the social connections. Besides, the social connections are the principal provider of contact entries. Moreover, the current contact lists do not allow to efficiently retrieve/remember a contact who is forgotten or concerned by homonymy. Focusing on African social practices and behaviors, this paper proposed to redesign the contact list by integrating social relations that link people. This redesigning is accompanied with novel functionalities that will facilitate contacts retrieval, homonymy resolving and contacts remembering.