Artefact Ecologies: Supporting Embodied Meeting Practices with Distance Access

Dhaval Vyas, Alan Dix

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    Frameworks such as activity theory, distributed cognition and structuration theory, amongst others, have shown that detailed study of contextual settings where users work (or live) can help the design of interactive systems. However, these frameworks do not adequately focus on accounting for the materiality (and embodiment) of the contextual settings. Within the IST-EU funded AMIDA project (Augmented Multiparty Interaction with Distance Access) we are looking into supporting meeting practices with distance access. Meetings are inherently embodied in everyday work life and that material artefacts associated with meeting practices play a critical role in their formation. Our eventual goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the dynamic and embodied nature of meeting practices and designing technologies to support these. In this paper we introduce the notion of "artefact ecologies" as a conceptual base for understanding embodied meeting practices with distance access. Artefact ecologies refer to a system consisting of different digital and physical artefacts, people, their work practices and values and lays emphasis on the role artefacts play in embodiment, work coordination and supporting remote awareness. In the end we layout our plans for designing technologies for supporting embodied meeting practices within the AMIDA project.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of UbiComp (Ubiquitous Computing) 2007 Workshops
    EditorsA. Bajart, H.L. Muller, T. Strang
    Place of PublicationInnsbruck, Austria
    PublisherUniversity of Innsbruck
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-00-022599-4
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2007
    EventProceedings of UbiComp (Ubiquitous Computing) 2007 Workshops - Innsbruck, Austria
    Duration: 16 Sept 200716 Sept 2007

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    PublisherUniversity of Innsbruck


    WorkshopProceedings of UbiComp (Ubiquitous Computing) 2007 Workshops
    Other16 September 2007


    • IR-64363
    • EWI-11103
    • METIS-241926
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP6/0033812

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