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Collaborative Information Behavior with Free Information Tools: The Case of an Interdisciplinary Charrette

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ASIS&T Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (2011)


We present early findings from an ethnographic study of
the information behaviors of nine groups with three to eight
members each, conducted during a ten day interdisciplinary
design Charrette (period of intense, collaborative design
activity). Information from the organizers is shared using a
portal that includes a rich set of social awareness, social
navigation and information production tools. Six of the
groups select different, publicly available technologies to
support information sharing and production during the
Charrette. We present two interconnected findings. First,
technology choice diffuses according to physical adjacency
of the groups. Second, technology choice influences
collaborative information behavior (CIB) within each
group. We suggest potential implications for CIB theory
and Human-Information Experience (HIE) design.