ISBN-10:
0262640422
ISBN-13:
9780262640428
Pub. Date:
02/28/2000
Publisher:
MIT Press
Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart

Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart

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ISBN-13: 9780262640428
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: MIT Press Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Bonnie A. Nardi is Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and Cofounder of Center for Research in Sustainability, Collapse-preparedness, and Information Technology there. She is the coauthor of Acting with Technology (MIT Press).

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
I Information Ecologies: Concepts and
Reflections
1 Rotwang the Inventor
2 Framing Conversations about Technology
3 A Matter of Metaphor: Technology as Tool, Text, System, Ecology
4 Information Ecologies
5 Values and Technology
6 How to Evolve Information Ecologies
II Case Studies
7 Librarians: A Keystone Species
8 Wolf, Batgirl, and Starlight: Finding a Real Community in
a Virtual World
9 Cultivating Gardeners: The Importance of Homegrown
Expertise
10 Digital Photography at Lincoln High School
11 A Dysfunctional Ecology: Privacy Issues at a Teaching
Hospital
12 Diversity on the Internet
13 Conclusion
Notes
Index

What People are Saying About This

Michael Schrage

Nardi and O'Day bring a sharp eye and eloquence to the future challenges for life in the cybersphere.

Endorsement

[A] new and refreshing perspective on our technologically dependent society.... Information Ecologies is an antidote to our current infection: our unquestioning acceptance of, and dependence upon, technology. Nardi and O'Day demonstrate how technology can have a more humane face when handled properly and integrated into a social environment where the human factor isn't ignored.

David Howell, Daily Telegraph

From the Publisher

"[A] new and refreshing perspective on our technologically dependent society.... Information Ecologies is an antidote to our current infection: our unquestioning acceptance of, and dependence upon, technology. Nardi and O'Day demonstrate how technology can have a more humane face when handled properly and integrated into a social environment where the human factor isn't ignored." David Howell, Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph - David Howell

[A] new and refreshing perspective on our technologically dependent society.... Information Ecologies is an antidote to our current infection: our unquestioning acceptance of, and dependence upon, technology. Nardi and O'Day demonstrate how technology can have a more humane face when handled properly and integrated into a social environment where the human factor isn't ignored.

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Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
su_library_student on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book is helpful in placing information into a local environment and analysing it in that manner. The authors hope that people will look at information from a different perspective to find its uses and/or its faults. I can't say that I would really recommend this book. I had to read it for a graduate level introductory course so it might be useful if you are in school in any information studies field. Otherwise, I would pass this book by.
Murdocke23 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Shares a simliar title with Davenport and Prusak's Information Ecology, but has a different focus. Rather than breaking down all the elements of an information ecology as Davenport and Prusak's book does, it focuses a lot on people's perceptions of technology and how an ecology functions or doesn't function, along with some case studies for illustration. I wasn't as engaged on first read, but looking back feel that the book helps to more easily grasp the concept of an IE and how people act within it.
Guest More than 1 year ago

Using Technology with Heart is a book that successfully caters to both technical and non-technical individuals who have hearts to know 'how' to and most importantly, 'why' use technology. Nardi and O¿Day do a masterful job of summarizing the various 'framing conversations' and 'metaphors' that have been used to analyze the impact of technological change. Through the case studies written from their personal experiences in this book, Nardi and O¿Day provide their readers abilities to understand how different users such as librarians, schools, and hospitals are incorporating technology to better serve society. Among those case studies, several of them highlight successful information ecologies. A digital photography class, for example, focuses on 'the value of the content being created rather than the sophisticated tools needed to perform the task of creation.'

Nardi and O'Day brought the readers to the attention that engagement with technology in local settings, which they call information ecologies is important. An information ecology is a system of people, technologies, practices, and values in a local environment. One way to be aware of the ways people and technology interrelated is to ponder 'know-why' questions before trying to answer 'know-how' questions. Their goal throughout the book is to change the way people look at information technology. Based on this rationale, Nardi and O¿Day suggest that we take the context of our local habitations into account so that our use of technology will be more effective. As we are heading toward a total technical dominated world, it is extremely important that we not only know 'how' to use a certain technology, but also are aware of 'why' we use it. By trying to understand technology this way, we will then be able to communicate our thoughts to others and find ways to use technology a lot more effective.

Overall, Information Ecologies is an important and useful book for those who want to know how to effectively incorporate their daily lives into the use of technology.