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A Methodology and Model for Studying Boundary Objects, Annotations, and Collaborative Practices: Musicians and Musical Scores

Megan Winget

(Submission #38)


Although the boundary object is a significant theoretical concept for the CSCW community, it is less well-known in the general Information Science community. This paper briefly introduces the concept of the boundary object and proposes a new method to help researchers study users’ interactions with these objects. Findings from an ethnographic study of musicians’ annotative behaviors on their boundary objects, musical scores, will provide the means to discuss this methodology. Findings from this study have implications not only for the CSCW community, but also for the Information Science community at large, in the development of systems that support collaboration, performance, and different forms of human-information interaction.

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