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The core of the work is interviews using sense making and a comparison of the Dervin triplet with the Pierce semiotic triplet (all data collected already). I have used geographic imagery from corporate annual reports to study the user side and then done semiotic analysis interviews with several geographers versed in both Pierce, Saussure, Eco, etc. semiotic schools using the same imagery.
They provide the semioticians' view of the same imagery. Using these data sets I have matched up the various elements of each triplet indicating the relationship between, say, the semiotic symbol and Devin's user's gaps, and uses as interpretants. Other possible relationships among the elements of the two triplets are presented, and the consequences described for sense making and semiotics. The Dervin triplet, of course, is the situation-gap-use and the Pierce triplet is the sign vehicle, referent, and the meaning (to the viewer).
The work seems to provide a better grasp of how users understand and navigate symbols and how users inform semioticians. Similarly, semiotics seems to inform sense-making (capital SM for the theory) clarifying the user meanderings through needs and uses and making the situation's events more easily integrated, and less idiosyncratic (in spite of the theories claims).
Pictorially the poster would present several pairings of the elements and explore the various consequences of the pairings.
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