What difference does a website make?

A website that presents the collection through gorgeous visuals is now considered a must for any self-respecting museum.  Photographs of objects, of exhibitions and of the museum itself are increasingly common interfaces, linking museums, visitors, experts, collections.

How are users engaged by these interfaces? Which skills and strategies are needed for this engagement? What are the consequences of visually mediated interfaces for users of digital knowledge in/about/from museums, archives, and other collections? These developments are discussed in terms of their consequences for how museums view their role, in a recent article written with Sarah de Rijcke, Image as Interface: consequences for users of museum knowledge. It appears in a special issue of the journal Library Trends on ‘Involving Users in the Co-Construction of Digital Knowledge in Libraries, Archives, and Museums.’

How we use mailing lists for fieldwork

A pleasant and productive collaboration with Mette Høybye led to the following chapter, which just appeared in the The Handbook of Emergent Technologies in Social Research, edited by Sharlene Hessse-Biber, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

We wrote about Studying Mailing Lists: text, temporality, interaction and materiality at the intersection of email and the web.

Social Technology

A new publication setting out the concept of social technology–and whybook cover we need it– has appeared in the Handbook of Philosophy of the Social Sciences. In this chapter entitled Social Technology, the concept is refined and illustrated through the analysis of three ‘cases’: priming, surveys and focus groups, and social software.

A draft of the chapter was discussed at the workshop Social Technology, co-organised with Signe Vikkelsø (Copenhagen Business School). A special issue from this workshop is forthcoming in the journal Theory and Psychology.