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Where Do We Meet Next Time?


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Full paper presentation at the Association of Internet Research conference in Copenhagen.

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Where Do We Meet Next Time?

  1. 1. Where do we meet next time? – an autoethnography of the negotiation of place, identity and technology in a community of practice Patricia Arnold (Germany) John D. Smith (US) Beverly Trayner (Portugal)
  2. 2. Who’s here? <ul><li>What do you know about: </li></ul><ul><li>Autoethnography? </li></ul><ul><li>Community of practice? </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Habitat? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Today We tell the story of how we use autoethnography to explore our digital habitats to understand how they add to our landscape of places to meet.
  4. 4. Who are we?
  5. 5. Autoethnography as a method <ul><li>What is fieldwork today? </li></ul><ul><li>Carollyn Ellis et al. </li></ul><ul><li>“ We are beginning to see the site focus blurring in researchers’ experiments with multi-site, multi-team, participatory, distributed, multi-expert, connectivity-based (rather than site-based) kinds of approaches.” Jordan 2008 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Distributed, mobile life <ul><li>“ It is getting late and they are now one hour into what could be a long discussion of tomorrow’s work agenda. …. The irony of their earlier comments that it’s only possible to organize things efficiently when you are face-to-face is a bit distracting. </li></ul><ul><li>“ She steals a peek at her watch thinking about her next meeting on another project on Skype: she’s still not prepared and it starts soon. It’s scheduled for late in the day because it involves someone from West Coast of the US and another from Brussels to plan an upcoming three-day workshop in Berlin.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. (Digital) habitats for communities We are all designers of digital habitats for our communities – and this thinking informs our design practice…
  8. 8. Shall we talk? When? How? <ul><li>Patricia Arnold – Germany </li></ul><ul><li>John D. Smith – US and </li></ul><ul><li>Beverly Trayner – Portugal </li></ul>