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A theory of digital objects

Kallinikos, Jannis, Aaltonen, Aleksi Ville and Marton, Attila (2010) A theory of digital objects. First Monday, 15 (6). ISSN 1396-0466

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Abstract

Digital objects are marked by a limited set of variable yet generic attributes such as editability, interactivity, openness and distributedness. As digital objects diffuse throughout the institutional fabric, these attributes and the information-based operations and procedures out of which they are sustained install themselves at the heart of social practice. The entities and processes that constitute the stuff of social practice are thereby rendered increasingly unstable and transfigurable, producing a context of experience in which the certainties of recurring and recognizable objects are on the wane. These claims are supported with reference to 1) the elusive identity of digital documents and the problems of authentication/preservation of records such an identity posits and 2) the operations of search engines and the effects digital search has on the content of the documents it retrieves.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/index
Additional Information: © 2011 First Monday
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: 12 Dec 2013 11:33
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/54865/

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