The Ambivalent Ontology of Digital Artifacts

Jannis Kallinikos, Aleksi Aaltonen, Attila Marton

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Digital artifacts become increasingly embedded in wider and constantly shifting eco-systems that turn them editable, interactive, reprogrammable and distributed. This state of flux and constant transfiguration renders the value and utility of these arti-facts 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 with-in 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 con-clude 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 re-search and practice.
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftMIS Quarterly
Sidor (från-till)357-370
Antal sidor14
StatusPublicerad - 2013
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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