Untangling the Mess of Technological Artifacts: Investigating Community Artifact Ecologies

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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.

TitelC and T 2017 - 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Conference Proceedings
Antal sider10
UdgivelsesstedNew York, NY, USA
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
Udgivelsesår26 jun. 2017
ISBN (trykt)978-1-4503-4854-6
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781450348546
StatusUdgivet - 26 jun. 2017
Begivenhed8th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Université de Technologie de Troyes, Troyes, Frankrig
Varighed: 26 jun. 201730 jun. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 8


Konference8th International Conference on Communities & Technologies
LokationUniversité de Technologie de Troyes
SerietitelCT '17


  • Artifact ecologies, collaboration, communities, everyday interaction, mapping methods

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