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Title:Information recording in archaeological practice: A socio-technical perspective
Author(s):Khazraee, Emad
Subject(s):Actor-Network Theory
communities of practice
archaeological recording
immutable mobiles
social and community informatics
Abstract:Archaeology is a collective practice and cannot be done in isolation. In addition, given the variety, quantity and scale of archaeological evidence, information technology is a central component of current archaeological practice. This situation provides an excellent case study for the interplay between Information and Communication technologies (ICTs) and institutional and cultural context. This paper reports on a work in progress that examines the role ICTs play in the construction of archaeological knowledge in practice, which focuses on the processes of data recording and information organization. This study uses the conceptual lens of Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and explores important socio-technical aspects of the development of information systems in archaeology. The socio-technical challenges of information recording are conceptualized as practice fault-lines. Three fault-lines of information recording in archaeology are recognized and presented in this paper: 1) Within community vs. cross-community practices; 2) Data management vs. data analysis; 3) Information system designers vs. archaeology practitioners. Recognition of these fault-lines has substantial implications for the design of information organization technologies for collaborative practices.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Khazraee, E. (2013). Information recording in archaeological practice: A socio-technical perspective. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 437-443). doi:10.9776/13246
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-30

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