ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting 
Montral, Qubec, Canada | November 1-5, 2013

 
Social Informatics: Now and Then (SIG/SI)

Pnina Fichman, Indiana University
Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University 
Kristin Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin Madison
Madelyn Sanfilippo, Indiana University 
Noriko Hara, Indiana University 
Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University
Eric Meyer, University of Oxford

Monday, 10:30am


Summary

A decade after the passing of Rob Kling, SI scholars come together on this panel to discuss the past and current state of SI research. Panelists will provide an overview of the trajectory of social informatics from its emergence in Norway in the early 1980s to its current status as a scientific and intellectual movement uniquely positioned to investigate computerization and society. From the late 1970s, Kling and colleagues engaged in the study of the social aspects of computing that would become arguably the most significant version of social informatics when labeled as such in 1996. At that time, the call to incorporate the social, political and cultural dimensions of ICT design and use threw down the gauntlet, moving the study of computerization and society in a decidedly social direction. In the last decade, as social media have become much more pervasive, the need to understand the interaction between the social and the technical has made social informatics more relevant than ever.