Design Challenges in Supporting Distributed Knowledge: An Examination of Organizing Elections

Nina Boulus-Rødje, Pernille Bjørn

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This paper identifies the design challenges for creating collaborative technologies supporting the practices of organizing elections. We ethnographically investigate the distributed nature of knowledge as enacted between heterogeneous groups over the course of three elections in Denmark. We 1) identify fundamental characteristics of elections, 2) provide a comprehensive account of the distributed nature of knowledge in organizing and executing elections, and 3) point to new challenging areas for human-computer interaction (HCI) design supporting distributed collaborative knowledge practices. We found that organizational pattern of elections complicates the embodiment of nomadic knowledge, which is crucial for managing the effective organization of an election. Thus, one of the relevant design challenges is finding out how to support the timely distribution of large amounts of information, while still ensuring it is appropriately divided and delivered to various groups participating in planning and executing elections.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Pages (from-to)3137-3146
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventCHI 2015: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Seoul, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
Duration: 20 Apr 2015 → …


ConferenceCHI 2015: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CountryKorea, Democratic People's Republic of
Period20/04/2015 → …

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