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The ambivalent ontology of digital artifacts

Kallinikos, Jannis, Aaltonen, Aleksi Ville and Marton, Attila (2013) The ambivalent ontology of digital artifacts. MIS Quarterly: Management Information Systems, 37 (2). pp. 357-370. ISSN 0276-7783

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Abstract

Digital artifacts are embedded in wider and constantly shifting ecosystems such that they become increasingly editable, interactive, reprogrammable, and distributable. This state of flux and constant transfiguration renders the value and utility of these artifacts contingent on shifting webs of functional relations with other artifacts across specific contexts and organizations. By the same token, it apportions control over the development and use of these artifacts over a range of dispersed stakeholders and makes their management a complex technical and social undertaking. These ideas are illustrated with reference to (1) provenance and authenticity of digital documents within the overall context of archiving and social memory and (2) the content dynamics occasioned by the findability of content mediated by Internet search engines. We conclude that the steady change and transfiguration of digital artifacts signal a shift of epochal dimensions that calls for rethinking some of the inherited wisdom in IS research and practice.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.misq.org/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 16 May 2013 12:11
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/50275/

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