[Air-L] Software/Platform/Architecture studies methodologies?

Alison Powell a.powell at lse.ac.uk
Thu Sep 14 03:21:03 PDT 2017

Thanks Rob,

I'm currently working on a grant application in partnership with a
design consultancy that tries to investigate algorithmic accountability
by experimenting with different interface designs. This will mean that
we'll have to do some system-based research, and I'm hoping your
approach will help.

Tracey - I did some ethnographic mapping in my PhD that also included
mapping infrastructure elements (WiFi networks, at that time). I'm
currently reviewing walking methods and sensor-based walking mapping for
the data walking project http://www.datawalking.org. Happy to share this
if you are interested - not all of it is published.


On 13/09/2017 22:21, Robert W Gehl wrote:
> Hello, Tracey --
> I've been working on "critical reverse engineering" as a method for the
> study of software and platforms. I am still writing it out as a method,
> but I do have this paper
> http://fou.ubiquitypress.com/articles/abstract/10.16995/lefou.26/
> which connects CRE to Foucaultian genealogy.
> In addition, Amanda Friz and I focus on "sign up interfaces" in
> Pinterest in this paper:
> http://mcs.sagepub.com/content/38/5/686
> I think our approach was similar to Light and Burgess's App walkthrough.
> I lay out the overall idea of CRE in other works, but not so much the
> method per se.
> I hope these help -- in fact, please let me know if they do!
> Regards,
> Rob
> On 09/13/2017 02:52 PM, Tracey P. Lauriault wrote:
>> Greetings all;
>> I am looking for research methodologies to study things like data flow
>> lines, systems, platforms, following data trails, IoT and data, etc.
>> Things like:
>>    - Applied theory
>>    - Walkthrough methods
>>    - Ethnographic (of systems/orgs/platforms but not of social media)
>>    - and etc.
>> We have lots of great theory, but hard to find some research methods.  Any
>> intel would be most helpful.
>> At the moment it is about looking at utility and transportation grids and
>> meters and sensors in a smart city context. But it could also be something
>> similar in a precision agriculture context.
>> Cheerio
>> t
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Dr Alison Powell
Assistant Professor, Director of MSc in Data & Society
Department of Media and Communications
London School of Economics and Political Science
Tower 3, 701.J, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
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Recent publication: Design for Existential Crisis in the Anthroposcene Age. With Ann Light and Irina Shklovski

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