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Abstract Announcement for International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD) 7(1)
The contents of the latest issue of:
International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD)
Volume 7, Issue 1, January - March 2015
Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically
ISSN: 1941-6253; EISSN: 1941-6261;
Published by IGI Global Publishing, Hershey, USA
Editor(s)-in-Chief:  José Abdelnour-Nocera (University of West London, UK) and Constance Kampf (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to the International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD). All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.


ICT for Community Empowerment amongst Urban Underserved Communities: A Design for Participation Project

Maria Rosa Lorini (University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa)

The paper highlights the methodological framework of an ongoing research focused on two issues of actuality in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D): the role of ICTs in cultivating collective capabilities and the role of the participants in the different phases of a new design project in relation to development. A design-based research approach, rooted in exploratory ethnography and emergent design shows that when the researcher becomes ethnographer and designer and the users become resources for the co-production, a new methodology is born. It is a process of dialogue, never ending, in which the designer enters with the intention to make an impact, not only to understand. The participatory process is followed throughout the research, from the ethnographic phase of discovery and understanding, through the design phase of co-creation, till the evaluation final phase. This research is conducted in two marginalised urban settings of Cape Town. An exploratory phase, in which inductive ethnographic methods were used to explore the nuances of ‘agency', ‘capability' and ‘collective empowerment' that occur through technological dealings was followed by a still ongoing design phase, in which the two communities are involved in co-designing new ICT services that support their community activities. The assessment phase, which is directed towards the formulation of theoretical and design considerations, will look towards a participative evaluation process and a sustainable patterns.

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Infrastructuring Knowledge in Cultural Infrastructure: Informal Example of Participatory Design for Museum Exhibition

Teresa Macchia (University of Trento, Trento, Italy), Giacomo Poderi (University of Trento, Trento, Italy), Vincenzo D'Andrea (Department of Information Science and Engineering, University of Trento, Trento, Italy)

This paper discusses infrastructuring as an informal experience of Participatory Design in the context of museums. The authors describe “participation” as an embedded and stable parameter for looking at museums sustainability. Their standpoint is that museums develop and encourage knowledge through participative and interrelated relationships among various actors. Thus, the value of participation intersects the concept of infrastructuring, which implies the ongoing feature, the hybridity of networks and the complexity of the context, and consider together human and non-human. Describing visitors' participation in infrastructuring processes, the authors underline the unprofessional and unplanned stage of design process in order to stimulate new direction on designing museum exhibition and for planning the introduction of interactive technologies in the museum environment.

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Using Insights from Learning Journals to Rewrite Teaching and Learning Goals in Student-Friendly Language

M. Olguta Vilceanu (Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, USA)

Understanding the course mission and learning goals is an essential step for students in any learning environment. Reflective writing assignments may assist instructors in their quest to reformulate teaching and learning goals in a language accessible to students, while maintaining the mission and intent of the class relevant to their professional field and requirements. This study proposes using software-driven content analysis methods borrowed from media and communication research in an attempt to first identify the degree and manner in which students internalize the language of instruction; and second, rewrite course/training materials in a language that reflects student discourse. Because it can use either free-form or formal writing, this strategy can be adapted for a variety of interdisciplinary contexts.

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A Template for Design Personas: Analysis of 47 Persona Descriptions from Danish Industries and Organizations

Lene Nielsen (IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark), Kira Storgaard Hansen (IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark), Jan Stage (Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark), Jane Billestrup (Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark)

The persona method is gaining widespread use and support. Many researchers have reported from single cases and from novel domains on how they have used the method. However, the way companies and design groups describe personas has not been the focus of attention. This paper analyses 47 descriptions from 13 companies and compares these to an analysis of recommendations from 11 templates from literature. Furthermore, 28 interviews with Danish practitioners with experience in using personas are analyzed for content on persona descriptions. The study finds that a Danish persona style has developed that is different from the recommendations in the lack of marketing and business related information and the absence of goals as differentiator for personas. Furthermore, the inspiration and knowledge on personas originates from co-workers and seminars and not much from literature. This indicates that the community of practice influences the persona style.

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For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD) in your institution's library. This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated "InfoSci-Journals" database:

Mission of IJSKD:

The overall mission of the International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development (IJSKD) is to provide a practical and comprehensive forum for exchanging research ideas and down-to-earth practices which bridge the social and technical gap within organizations and society at large. At the same time it will provide a forum for considering the ethical issues linked to organizational change and development. It will encourage interdisciplinary texts that discuss current practices as well as demonstrating how the advances of - and changes within - technology affect the growth of society (and vice versa). The aim of the journal is to bring together the expertise of people who have worked practically in a changing society across the world for people in the field of organizational development and technology studies including information systems development and implementation.

Indices of IJSKD:

Bacon's Media Directory
Cabell's Directories
Google Scholar
The Index of Information Systems Journals
The Standard Periodical Directory
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Coverage of IJSKD:

This journal will look for practical sociotechnical approaches that can assist practitioners, academics, researchers, and students. A particular focus will be on new ideas and approaches including studies of their practical implementation. Appropriate themes might thus include (but are not restricted to) a sociotechnical perspective on:

Applied ergonomic
Critical success factors (and key performance indicators) for organizations and technological implementation
Computer-supported cooperative work
Culture and trust within organizations and their relevance to technological artifacts
Design and technology development issues including requirements and stakeholder participation
E-government and democracy as affected by technological change
Empowerment and team development
Knowledge management systems
HRM issues for innovation and knowledge sharing
Human-computer interaction
Humanistic redesign and technological politics in organizations
Implementation issues of change and technology
Influence of human factors on operational efficiency
Information systems development
Internet studies
Knowledge communication
Knowledge sharing
Learning organizations
Organizational change
Managing organizational knowledge as a strategic asset
Performance and quality of working life
Quality assessment of computer information systems
Relevance of the worker’s perspective
Social aspects of automation
Sociotechnical systems
Systems failures
Technological forecasting and social change
Technology and its role in society and organizations
Technology in society
Using knowledge management principles to solve organizational performance problems

Interested authors should consult the journal's manuscript submission guidelines

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