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The future of information systems-using social systems to create protocols for the virtual environment (systems analysis through social analysis)

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2 Author(s)
Kimble, C. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., York Univ., UK ; Conkar, T.

Information is the medium for communication, power-play, politics, and the building block for knowledge systems. It is associated with social interaction, and can be mediated by technology use. The paper argues that the key to understanding the impact of future technologies lies in the interaction between the social and technical environment. It suggests that future technologies such as virtual reality make necessary a move away from traditional methods of systems analysis and design. The interactive nature of such technology requires a validation in the social environment. The paper proposes the creation of protocols (a set of universally applicable standards) for the virtual environment. It suggests that information systems are split into three protocols: physical, learning, and cultural protocols. Finally it illustrates that their influence over each other can be understood by applying structuration theory

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Engineering and Technology Management, 1996. IEMC 96. Proceedings., International Conference on

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18-20 Aug 1996