The Ambivalent Ontology of Digital Artifacts

Jannis Kallinikos, Aleksi Aaltonen, Attila Marton

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    Digital artifacts are embedded in wider and constantly shifting ecosystems such that they become increasingly editable, interactive, reprogrammable, and distributable. This state of flux and constant transfiguration renders the value and utility of these artifacts contingent on shifting webs of functional relations with other artifacts across specific contexts and organizations. By the same token, it apportions control over the development and use of these artifacts over a range of dispersed stakeholders and makes their management a complex technical and social undertaking. These ideas are illustrated with reference to (1) provenance and authenticity of digital documents within the overall context of archiving and social memory and (2) the content dynamics occasioned by the findability of content mediated by Internet search engines. We conclude that the steady change and transfiguration of digital artifacts signal a shift of epochal dimensions that calls for rethinking some of the inherited wisdom in IS research and practice.
    Digital artifacts are embedded in wider and constantly shifting ecosystems such that they become increasingly editable, interactive, reprogrammable, and distributable. This state of flux and constant transfiguration renders the value and utility of these artifacts contingent on shifting webs of functional relations with other artifacts across specific contexts and organizations. By the same token, it apportions control over the development and use of these artifacts over a range of dispersed stakeholders and makes their management a complex technical and social undertaking. These ideas are illustrated with reference to (1) provenance and authenticity of digital documents within the overall context of archiving and social memory and (2) the content dynamics occasioned by the findability of content mediated by Internet search engines. We conclude that the steady change and transfiguration of digital artifacts signal a shift of epochal dimensions that calls for rethinking some of the inherited wisdom in IS research and practice.
    SprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftM I S Quarterly
    Vol/bind37
    Udgave nummer2
    Sider357-370
    ISSN0276-7783
    StatusUdgivet - jun. 2013

    Emneord

    • Digital artifacts
    • Digital objects
    • Archives
    • Search engines
    • Information platforms and infrastructures
    • Modularity
    • Reflexivity
    • Change

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    Kallinikos, J., Aaltonen, A., & Marton, A. (2013). The Ambivalent Ontology of Digital Artifacts. M I S Quarterly, 37(2), 357-370.
    Kallinikos, Jannis ; Aaltonen, Aleksi ; Marton, Attila. / The Ambivalent Ontology of Digital Artifacts. I: M I S Quarterly. 2013 ; Bind 37, Nr. 2. s. 357-370
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    Kallinikos J, Aaltonen A, Marton A. The Ambivalent Ontology of Digital Artifacts. M I S Quarterly. 2013 jun;37(2):357-370.