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Susanne Bødker

Untangling the Mess of Technological Artifacts: Investigating Community Artifact Ecologies

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  • Susanne Bødker
  • Peter Lyle, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
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  • Joanna Saad-Sulonen, University of Oulu, Finland

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC and T 2017 - 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Conference Proceedings
Number of pages10
Place of publicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year26 Jun 2017
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4854-6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348546
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2017
Event8th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Université de Technologie de Troyes, Troyes, France
Duration: 26 Jun 201730 Jun 2017
Conference number: 8


Conference8th International Conference on Communities & Technologies
LocationUniversité de Technologie de Troyes
SeriesCT '17

    Research areas

  • Artifact ecologies, Collaboration, Communities, Everyday interaction, Mapping methods

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