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Understanding constellations of technologies in use in a collaborative nomadic setting
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ISSN 0925-9724, E-ISSN 1573-7551, Vol. 23, no 2, 137-161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes how people make sense of and use constellations of technologies in a nomadic setting. Particular attention is drawn to how the situated orchestration of devices and applications within a constellation reflects university students’ concern to manage their projects at a number of locations, and to create places amenable to their activities. By drawing on data collected by means of qualitative methods, we address collaborative issues inherent in the negotiated use of a particular technology, as well as aspects related to individuals’ experience of place in relation to the specific activities they engage with, and the other people involved. The analysis also brings into focus how constellations of technologies emerge and dissolve within collaborative ensembles that only exist within the short timeframe of a project, and how this can cause appropriation problems within a group. In concluding this article, we reflect on how taking into account the problems observed calls for a need to designing for constellations of technologies and, thus, rethinking interaction models with and between technologies.

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2014. Vol. 23, no 2, 137-161 p.
Keyword [en]
collaboration, nomadicity, place, constellation of technologies, field studies
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Man-Machine-Interaction (MMI)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-95643DOI: 10.1007/s10606-013-9196-4ISI: 000334174800002OAI: diva2:660950
Available from: 2013-10-31 Created: 2013-10-31 Last updated: 2014-06-11Bibliographically approved

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