Spotted: App stores as a source of data for analytics data

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Informing future design via large-scale research methods and big data
Mattias Rost, Alistair Morrison, Henriette Cramer, Frank Bentley

With the launch of 'app stores' on several mobile platforms and the great uptake of smartphones among the general population, researchers have begun utilising these distribution channels to deploy research software to large numbers of users. Previous Research In The Large workshops have sought to establish base-line practice in this area. We have seen the use of app stores as being successful as a methodology for gathering large amounts of data, leading to design implications, but we have yet to explore the full potential for this data's use and interpretation. How is it possible to leverage the practices of large-scale research, beyond the current approaches, to more directly inform future designs?