Oct 31, 2006

Photographs for documenting fieldwork (ethnography)

As i will need to uncover individual and group information spaces and information needs in mobility settings, I've started taking photos of meetings taking place in work settings, outside the organizations. Due to ethics on need of preserve individual identity, collected picture do not depict human subjects but concentrate on objects of information used during meetings (archives in my flickr account classified by date taken, settings, project acronym and place, among other key words that can be added later on during data analysis).

Supporting views for this method:
Kanstrup, Anne Marie (2002, May). Picture the Practice—Using Photography to Explore Use of Technology Within Teachers' Work Practices [32 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 3(2). 

Oct 28, 2006

public internet spaces (in Portugal)

Taking place in FIL Lisbon, on the 3 & 4 of November, organized by UMIC (Agência para a Sociedade do Conhecimento) to show and disseminate the network of internet spaces, financed with public fundings (more then 800).

Oct 27, 2006

weekend readings

Bacon, C. J. and Fitzgerald, B. (2001). A systemic framework for the field of information systems. SIGMIS Database 32(2),pp. 46-67. [DOI= http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/506732.506738]

Carroll, J. M. and Swatman, P. A. (2000). Structured-case: a methodological framework for building theory in information systems research. European Journal of Information Systems, 9(4), pp. 235-242. [DOI= http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.ejis.3000374]

PS - see Mindmap in Flickr Account
Systemic Framework for IS

Oct 23, 2006

crossing the divides

Dervin, B. & Reinhard, C.D. (2006). "Researchers and practitioners talk about users and each other. Making user and audience studies matter—paper 1" Information Research, 12(1) paper 286:
"This paper reports on a qualitative study that compared what experts in three fields, library and information science, human computer interaction and communication and media studies, described as their big unanswered questions about users and audiences of information, library, electronic, communication and media systems and texts. It also compares what these experts thought about each other and the difficulties of crossing the divides between disciplines or fields and between research and practice."
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"That users by any other name (...) increasingly have greater and greater control over their access and use of all manner of information and entertainment systems. In this sense they are no longer best conceptualized as users or as audiences but rather as persons with agency. While in the past access was highly constrained both in space and in time by institutional availability, now these independent agents may surf the planet and beyond at their own whims. This is so even when we acknowledge that all users are unwittingly or wittingly constrained by political economies that limit both arrays of offerings, modes of access and availabilities of specific contents."
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"The study reported here is part of a larger multi-stage project, a dialogic surround of how researchers and practitioners in three fields look at: a) the big unanswered questions about users; b) the gaps that stand between them in finding value from each other's work; and c) the barriers to collaborating in the application of user research to system development, implementation and design."