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The assimilation and use of GIS by historians: a sociotechnical interaction networks (STIN) analysis

The assimilation and use of GIS by historians: a sociotechnical interaction networks (STIN) analysis <jats:p> One strategic way to understand the impact of digital technologies on a domain of research is to identify how these technologies factor into scholars’ realm of everyday academic practice. I present an evaluative strategy grounded in the field of social informatics referred to as socio-technical interaction networks (STIN) approach. The central tenet of this analytical approach is that it models the context of humanities scholars’ routine engagement with digital technologies as a sociotechnical network-a web of relationships of technological and social elements. Using qualitative data collected from multiple sources I demonstrate the value of STIN as an analytical approach by analysing the assimilation and use of Geographical Information systems (GIS) by researchers studying historical topics. I conclude by identifying some of the core issues emerging from this study and how these issues can be useful to think about policy and strategy aspects related to digital humanities. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing Edinburgh University Press

The assimilation and use of GIS by historians: a sociotechnical interaction networks (STIN) analysis

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press and the Association for History and Computing 2011
Subject
Historical Studies
ISSN
1753-8548
eISSN
1755-1706
DOI
10.3366/ijhac.2011.0030
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Abstract

<jats:p> One strategic way to understand the impact of digital technologies on a domain of research is to identify how these technologies factor into scholars’ realm of everyday academic practice. I present an evaluative strategy grounded in the field of social informatics referred to as socio-technical interaction networks (STIN) approach. The central tenet of this analytical approach is that it models the context of humanities scholars’ routine engagement with digital technologies as a sociotechnical network-a web of relationships of technological and social elements. Using qualitative data collected from multiple sources I demonstrate the value of STIN as an analytical approach by analysing the assimilation and use of Geographical Information systems (GIS) by researchers studying historical topics. I conclude by identifying some of the core issues emerging from this study and how these issues can be useful to think about policy and strategy aspects related to digital humanities. </jats:p>

Journal

International Journal of Humanities and Arts ComputingEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2011

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