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The Interplay between Practitioners and Technological Experts in the Design Process of an Archaeology Information System

Author(s): Tommaso Federici (Università degli Studi della Tuscia, Italy) and Alessio Maria Braccini (Università LUISS Guido Carli, Italy)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 20
EISBN13: 9781466618503

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Abstract

This case describes the design and development process of a computer-based information system for the management of archaeological finds and related documents. Adaptive Structuration Theory is used as the conceptual framework to analyse the role and actions of different people involved in the design and development process, during the different stages of the case. The case addresses key issues, such as an initiative taking place in an organizational context where users show different needs, profiles and levels of information technology literacy. It focuses primarily on the interactions between practitioners and technological experts during the design and development process. Another matter of interest comes from the fact that, in this sector, no other information system for finds management was already available. Moreover, this case targets the domain of archaeology that has not received so much attention by Information Systems literature to date.

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