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On extending social informatics from a rich legacy of networks and conceptual resources

Roberta Lamb (University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
Steve Sawyer (School of Information Science & Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 1 March 2005




To extend the work of Rob Kling, whose research interests, and advocacy were at the center of a movement in analytical inquiry and empirical research now known as “social informatics”.


Reviews the work of those who engage in social informatics research to strengthen and further the conceptual perspective, analytical approaches, and intellectual contributions of social informatics.


The vibrant and growing international community of active social informatics scholars has assembled a social informatics resource kit that includes: perspective lenses through which research data can be viewed critically; techniques for building theory and developing models from socially rich empirical data; and a common body of knowledge regarding the uses and effects of ICTs.


The paper identifies opportunities to engage new scholars in social informatics discussions, and suggests new venues for promoting and extending the work of scholars already enrolled in the social informatics movement.



Lamb, R. and Sawyer, S. (2005), "On extending social informatics from a rich legacy of networks and conceptual resources", Information Technology & People, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 9-20.



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