Artefact Ecologies: Supporting Embodied Meeting Practices with Distance Access

Dhaval Vyas, Alan Dix

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    Abstract

    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
    Pages117-122
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-00-022599-4
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2007

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    PublisherUniversity of Innsbruck
    NumberLNCS4549

    Keywords

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

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    Vyas, D., & Dix, A. (2007). Artefact Ecologies: Supporting Embodied Meeting Practices with Distance Access. In A. Bajart, H. L. Muller, & T. Strang (Eds.), Proceedings of UbiComp (Ubiquitous Computing) 2007 Workshops (pp. 117-122). Innsbruck, Austria: University of Innsbruck.