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Awkwardness of becoming a boundary object: Mangle and materialities of reports, documentation data and the archaeological work
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9196-2106
2016 (English)In: The Information Society, ISSN 0197-2243, E-ISSN 1087-6537, Vol. 32, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Abstract Information about an archaeological investigation is documented in an archaeological report that makes it the boundary object par excellence for archaeological information work across stakeholder communities from field archaeologists to heritage managers and land developers. The quality of reports have been a subject of debate and recently it has been argued that more emphasis should be placed on making primary research data at least similarly available as the reports. This study explores the changing materialities and reciprocal formation of documents and their users in the advent of digitisation, and how documents become and lose their status as boundary objects in these processes. The study posits that in order to be functional, a boundary object needs to provide a disclosure, means to access reality for adjacent communities. Further, it shows how assumptions of the functioning of the human and non-human (material artefacts) influence the ways how the archaeologists conceptualise the preservation and archiving of archaeological information and the role and potential of different types of digital and paper-based documents. This article is based on an interview study of Swedish archaeology professionals (N=16) with theoretical underpinnings in the notions of boundary objects, mangle of practice and disclosure.

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2016. Vol. 32, no 4
Keyword [en]
boundary objects, reports, data, archaeology, documents
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Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-291392DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2016.1177763OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-291392DiVA: diva2:925488
Swedish Research Council, 340-2012-5751
Available from: 2016-05-02 Created: 2016-05-02 Last updated: 2016-05-02

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