Boundary objects in information science

Isto Huvila, Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson, Eva Hourihan Jansen, Pam mvKenzie, Adam Worrall

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    Boundary objects (BOs) are abstract or physical artifacts that exist in the liminal spaces between adjacent communities of people. The theory of BOs was originally introduced by Star and Griesemer in a study on information practices at the Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology but has since been adapted in a broad range of research contexts in a large number of disciplines including the various branches of information science. The aim of this review article is to present an overview of the state-of-the-art of information science research informed by the theory of BOs, critically discuss the notion, and propose a structured overview of how the notion has been applied in the study of information.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)1807–1822
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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