On extending social informatics from a rich legacy of networks and conceptual resources

Roberta Lamb, Steve Sawyer

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Purpose To extend the work of Rob Kling, whose research interests, and advocacy were at the center of a movement in analytical inquiry and empirical research now known as “social informatics”. Design/methodology/approach Reviews the work of those who engage in social informatics research to strengthen and further the conceptual perspective, analytical approaches, and intellectual contributions of social informatics. Findings The vibrant and growing international community of active social informatics scholars has assembled a social informatics resource kit that includes: perspective lenses through which research data can be viewed critically; techniques for building theory and developing models from socially rich empirical data; and a common body of knowledge regarding the uses and effects of ICTs. Originality/value The paper identifies opportunities to engage new scholars in social informatics discussions, and suggests new venues for promoting and extending the work of scholars already enrolled in the social informatics movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-20
Number of pages12
JournalInformation Technology & People
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Computers
  • Social change
  • Sociology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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