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Software design is usually undertaken by IT specialists, who have a technical training. Few have a sociocultural background. In this paper I will show several examples of software design as sociocultural adjustments, and more specifically how anthropologists may contribute.
Finally, I will discuss how the value of the anthropological contribution to the development of software systems may be improved through the development of more flexible methods of communicating the research to both the academic world and the user community. >> continue (pdf, 14 pages) or go to Anne Lau Revil's homepageJoel Spolsky: Over the next decade, I expect that software companies will hire people trained as anthropologists and ethnographers to work on social interface design (found via Conversations with Dina - Dina Mehta's Blog)
UPDATE Links updated with copy from the Internet Archive. The website was removed.
Practical Gatherings is a organisation that was created to provide services and support for the growing profession of workplace anthropology. It was founded by anthropologist Patricia Sachs.
On their website (that is partly still "under construction") they have collected interesting stuff, incl. and a history of workplace anthropology and lots of articles >> continue
African Voices is a permanent exhibition that examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa’s peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment. Video interactives and sound stations provide selections from contemporary interviews, literature, proverbs, prayers, folk tales, songs, and oral epics. >> visit the exhibition
Two new links, found via Science Blog/ Open Directory Project:
The Okavango Delta Peoples of Botswana: Short overview, many links. By John Bock, professor in the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton: "The Okavango Delta of the Republic of Botswana is a large wetland surrounded by the Kalahari desert. The Okavango is a unique ecosystem and has large populations of African mammals, birds, and other animals. Of less interest have been the 100,000 people who call the Delta home. This site is dedicated to the dissemination of information concerning the Okavango Delta People" >> continue
The Maithil Brahmans in India: an online ethnography by Carolyn Brown Heinz, Department of Anthropology California State University, Chico - including fieldnotes and many pictures. Confusing site navigation. >> continue
Christian Science Monitor
In the 1830s, native Americans from the eastern half of the United States were being "relocated" to the West, while those already in the West were having their last experience with living in a land that was actually under their own control. At the same time, George Catlin, an ex-lawyer from Philadelphia decided to "gain fame" by recording Indian lives and cultures before they were permanently altered by European influences.
Campfire Stories with George Catlin offers both historical and contemporary perspectives on the meetings and conflicts between native and European worlds.
Online for about two years, this multi-award winning site from the Smithsonian's American Art Museum uses a Flash interface to showcase its collection of Catlin's paintings. The paintings are presented with historical documents as well as commentary from modern experts on art, culture and anthropology. >> continue
London based research-based strategy consultancy using ethnograhic methods. "Ethnographic research is highly suited to telling us what we don't know about a given subject: it can tell us what really happens and how your product or service really fits into people's lives. It's good for bringing lives to life: generating intimacy but also new perspectives."