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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 34th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2013
    EditorsRichard Baskerville, Michael Chau
    Number of pages17
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2013
    Article number1069
    ISBN (Print)9780615933832
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe 34th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2013: Reshaping Society Through Information Systems Design - Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy
    Duration: 15 Dec 201318 Dec 2013
    Conference number: 34


    ConferenceThe 34th International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2013
    LocationUniversità Bocconi
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