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Product semantics in design research practice
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Psychosocial oncology and supportive care.
2012 (English)In: Shaping the Future of ICT Research. Methods and Approaches: IFIP WG 8.2, Working Conference, Tampa, FL, USA, December 13-14, 2012. Proceedings, 2012, 35-48 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The concept of product semantics and its focus on meaning is used to interpret design research as design. It is argued that we may conceive of design research as design in two realms: The practical and the academic. In doing design research, there is a reciprocal shaping of artifacts: Better artifacts (contributions to practice) through appropriation of knowledge and methods from the academic realm, and better knowledge artifacts (contributions to academia) by drawing relevance and experiences of appropriation from the practical realm. We adopt a product semantics view to discuss research as design. Product semantics highlights the meaning of artifacts with respect to their (i) stakeholders, (ii) artifacts-in-use, (iii), artifacts-in-language, (iv) artifact lifecycle, and (v) ecology. Based on this interpretation, we propose activities that should characterize the practice of doing design research. Finally we provide an example of Design Research Practice in action.

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2012. 35-48 p.
, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1868-4238 ; 389 AICT
Keyword [en]
artifact, Design, meaning, practice, research
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-195462DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-35142-6_3ISBN: 978-3-642-35141-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-195462DiVA: diva2:608099
IFIP WG 8.2 Working Conference on Shaping the Future of ICT Research: Methods and Approaches, 13 December 2012 through 14 December 2012, Tampa, FL
Available from: 2013-02-26 Created: 2013-02-25 Last updated: 2013-02-26Bibliographically approved

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