The Social Architecture Approach – Using Data Practice Archetypes to Explore the Socio-Technical Nature of Information Infrastructure

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Box, Paul ORCID ID icon; Lee, Ashlin ORCID ID icon; Kostanski, Laura; Mason, Claire ORCID ID icon


2019-05-30


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IASSIST CONFERENCE 2019 - The annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology, Sydney, Australia, May 27-31, 2019


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Bobray J. Bordelon


Information Infrastructures (II) (also referred to as systems of systems, and data or knowledge infrastructures) are infrastructures for the production, dissemination and use of data, and represent interconnected socio-technical systems of systems. Despite the socio-technical nature of these systems, technical approaches often dominate II design, implementation, and operation. This paper presents a complementary approach, that of Social Architecture (SocArch). SocArch situates the technical aspects of data systems at a socio-technical nexus of three interrelated elements –social, institutional, and economic. This paper presents and explains the SocArch framework, and how this nexus practically addresses the shortcomings of technical II approaches. Using “data practice archetypes” – situated practices of data labour – developed from qualitative research on Commonwealth data analysts, we describe how an understanding of the social (socio-cultural factors), institutional (normative, regulatory, politico-legal, political economic), and economic (incentives, costs and benefit flows in data supply chains) factors influence the success of information infrastructure efforts. The aim of this paper is to stimulate debate on SocArch, as a multi-disciplinary approach to the deliberative design of IIs that addresses the limitations of technically driven approaches, while sharing empirical research on data practice archetypes.


IASSIST


Information Infrastructures, Social Architecture, Data Practice Archetypes, Users, Socio-technics


Information Systems Organisation


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Box, Paul; Lee, Ashlin; Kostanski, Laura; Mason, Claire. The Social Architecture Approach – Using Data Practice Archetypes to Explore the Socio-Technical Nature of Information Infrastructure. In: Bobray J. Bordelon, editor/s. IASSIST CONFERENCE 2019 - The annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology; May 27-31, 2019; Sydney, Australia. IASSIST; 2019. 18. <a href="http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/144480?index=1" target="_blank">http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/144480?index=1</a>



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