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Trace data visualisation enquiry: a methodological coupling for studying information practices in relation to information systems
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT. (Information Practices and Digital Cultures)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4187-7004
2022 (English)In: Journal of Documentation, ISSN 0022-0418, E-ISSN 1758-7379, Vol. 78, no 7, p. 141-159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine whether and how a methodological coupling of visualisations of trace data and interview methods can be utilised for information practices studies.

Design/methodology/approach

Trace data visualisation enquiry is suggested as the coupling of visualising exported data from an information system and using these visualisations as basis for interview guides and elicitation in information practices research. The methodology is illustrated and applied through a small-scale empirical study of a citizen science project.

Findings

The study found that trace data visualisation enquiry enabled fine-grained investigations of temporal aspects of information practices and to compare and explore temporal and geographical aspects of practices. Moreover, the methodology made possible inquiries for understanding information practices through trace data that were discussed through elicitation with participants. The study also found that it can aid a researcher of gaining a simultaneous overarching and close picture of information practices, which can lead to theoretical and methodological implications for information practices research.

Originality/value

Trace data visualisation enquiry extends current methods for investigating information practices as it enables focus to be placed on the traces of practices as recorded through interactions with information systems and study participants' accounts of activities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022. Vol. 78, no 7, p. 141-159
Keywords [en]
Practice-based studies, Sociomateriality, Trace ethnography, Interview methods, Visual methods, Methodology, Information practices, Citizen science, Elicitation
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Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-26615DOI: 10.1108/jd-04-2021-0082ISI: 000691325100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85113892969OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-26615DiVA, id: diva2:1600922
Available from: 2021-10-06 Created: 2021-10-06 Last updated: 2022-03-23Bibliographically approved

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