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S. Bødker, P. Lyle, J. Saad-Sulonen. 2017. Untangling the Mess of Technological Artifacts: Investigating Community Artifact Ecologies. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T '17), 4 pages. DOI: 10.1145/3083671.3083675

Untangling the mess of technological artifacts : investigating community artifact ecologies

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Author: Bødker, Susanne1; Lyle, Peter2,1; Saad-Sulonen, Joanna3,1
Organizations: 1Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
2Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Madeira, Portugal
3University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-04-03


Everyday communities seem to juggle their technology use largely through the contributions and knowledge brought by its members. This contrasts with work settings where there is a greater focus on strategic choices to acquire new technologies and competencies. We focus on how artifact ecologies are shaped in community settings by personal and community relationships, and on the methodological possibilities of understanding these communities for the purpose of design, and making informed technology choices in communities. We applied interview and visual mapping methods, before undertaking a ‘remapping’ process as part of our data analysis, thus contributing methodologically to the investigation of artifact ecologies at large and community artifact ecologies in particular. Theoretically, we extend the understanding of dynamics in artifact ecologies and highlight the ways these dynamics are shaped by the social interactions taking place, around technological artifacts, in everyday situations.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-4854-6
Pages: 246 - 255
DOI: 10.1145/3083671.3083675
Host publication: C&T '17 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies
Conference: International Conference on Communities and Technologies
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
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