Digital Traces of Information Systems: Sociomateriality Made Researchable

Jonas Hedman, Nikhil Srinivasan, Rikard Lindgren

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    In this paper, we point to the potential and implications of digital traces as novel data source in the study of contemporary activities and behaviors. We do this to raise awareness of IS researchers of such traces in increasingly complex sociomaterial practices. We develop a two-dimensional framework of data sources (subjective/objective and digitalized/non-digitalized) for analyzing a six-year literature survey comprised of five leading IS journals. The analysis positions current data sources employed within the framework, and sheds light on the under utilization of digitalized data sources. This disconcerting result suggests that IS researchers must pay more attention to the changing landscape of data sources. To motivate and guide fellow colleagues to establish the credibility and reliability of digital traces, we develop a future research agenda that covers both opportunities in theory generation and challenges in data collection.
    TitelProceedings of the 34th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2013
    RedaktørerRichard Baskerville, Michael Chau
    Antal sider17
    UdgivelsesstedAtlanta, GA
    ForlagAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    ISBN (Trykt)9780615933832
    StatusUdgivet - 2013
    BegivenhedThe 34th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2013: Reshaping Society Through Information Systems Design - Università Bocconi, Milan, Italien
    Varighed: 15 dec. 201318 dec. 2013
    Konferencens nummer: 34


    KonferenceThe 34th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2013
    LokationUniversità Bocconi


    • Digital traces
    • Sociomateriality
    • Research method
    • Data sources