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Understanding artefacts related to human aspects : The case of information technology and systems

Basden, A 2014, 'Understanding artefacts related to human aspects : The case of information technology and systems' , Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship, 79 (3) .

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Abstract

This paper has two aims. One is to critique and expand Stafleu's ideas about artefacts. The other, which may be seen as a demonstration of this expansion, is an outline of a rich view of the type of artefact that is information and communication technology (ICT) and their use in human life as information systems (IS). ICT is a kind of artefact that is more complex than those covered by Stalfeu's idea, and it has been considered in at least five ways: the artificial intelligence question of what is the computer, the computer question of the generation of software libraries, the question of how to develop good information systems, the question of benefits and harm when using ICT, and the question of impact that ICT and society have on each other. An important sixth question is about the varied nature of research into all these, which goes beyond Stafleu's idea of scientific research to include design, interpretive and critical research. For each, a brief outline of mainstream approaches is followed by an approach based on various parts of Dooyeweerd's philosophy. At the end are two sections, discussing how Dooyeweerdian philosophy assists these six areas, and how research in them might contribute to that philosophy.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School
Journal or Publication Title: Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship
Publisher: AOSIS Open Journals
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0023-270X
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: A Basden
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2015 13:12
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:28
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/34934

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