Helena Karasti

Helena Karasti
IT University of Copenhagen

PhD, Docent

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July 2020 - present
IT University of Copenhagen
Position
  • Professor
May 2018 - June 2020
Universität Siegen
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  • Visiting Scholar
August 2016 - April 2018
University of Oulu
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  • Professor

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Publications (89)
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This paper addresses the collaborative development of information infrastructure for supporting data-rich scientific collaboration. Studying infrastructure development empirically not only in terms of spatial issues but also, and equally importantly, temporal ones, we illustrate how the long-term matters. Our case is about the collaborative develop...
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In this article we focus attention on ethnography’s place in CSCW by reflecting on how ethnography in the context of CSCW has contributed to our understanding of the sociality and materiality of work and by exploring how the notion of the ‘field site’ as a construct in ethnography provides new ways of conceptualizing ‘work’ that extends beyond the...
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This paper is motivated by a methodological interest in how to investigate information infrastructures as an empirical, real-world phenomenon. We argue that research on information infrastructures should not be captive to the prevalent method choice of small-scale and short-term studies. Instead research should address the challenges of empirically...
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Open‐access data associated with research efforts depend upon managing, packaging, and preserving data for sharing with collaborators and the public. The U.S. Long‐Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network, established in 1980, provides an early example of embedded data management supporting long‐term, place‐based research and contributes to our unde...
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STS scholars are engaging in collaborative research in order to study extended socio-technical phenomena. This article participates in discussions on methodography and inventive methods by reflecting on visualizations used both internally by a team of researchers and together with study participants. We describe how these devices for generating and...
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This workshop d isc usses organi zational resilienc e and resilient infrastruc tures by uniting researc hers, pr ofessionals, and exp erts from various d isc ip lines. Workpl ac e stud ies and org anizational setting s have always be en an integral theme in c omp uter-2 supported cooperative work (CSCW) research. This workshop hopes to broaden this...
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STS scholars are engaging in collaborative research in order to study extended socio-technical phenomena. This article participates in discussions on methodography and inventive methods by reflecting on visualizations used both internally by a team of researchers and together with study participants. We describe how these devices for generating and...
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The participatory design of CSCW systems increasingly embraces activities of reconfiguring the use of existing interconnected systems in addition to developing and implementing new. In this article, we refer to such activities of changing and improving collaboration through the means of existing information infrastructures as infrastructuring. We i...
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The Open Science (OS) agenda has potentially massive cultural, organizational and infrastructural consequences. Ambitions for OS-driven policies have proliferated, within which researchers are expected to publish their scientific data. Significant research has been devoted to studying the issues associated with managing Open Research Data. Digital...
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This e-zine documents the discus- sions and group work done at the ‘Infrastructuring in Participatory Design’ workshop, a full-day event that took place at the Participatory Design Conference 2018 in Hasselt and Genk, Belgium. The workshop invited the Participatory Design (PD) community to come together, with their cases or projects, questions and...
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We scrutinise the concrete practices of participants' engagement in participatory design through an empirical case in which nurses from different hospital wards began as reluctant users, but gradually engaged in processes approaching genuine participation. We expand a newly proposed, psychologically inspired perspective into a conceptual frame to i...
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In this paper, we think with Puig de la Bellacasa's 'matters of care' about how to support data care and its politics. We use the notion to reflect on participatory design activities in two recent case studies of local collective data management in ecological research. We ask "How to design for data care?" and "How to account for the politics of da...
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The ongoing adoption of sensor networks, algorithms, and digital data comes with the promise of opening up participation in knowledge production. However, the dynamics of the participatory design (PD) processes in these infrastructuring endeavors remain underspecified. This short paper draws on a study of an oil company's project to design an open...
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In this paper,¹ we join those in the field of Participatory Design (PD) that have become inspired by the "ontological turn" as captured in the proliferating discussions around relationality, becoming, and nonhuman agency. The paper offers an account from a PD case where a social media platform was designed with and by professionals for their collab...
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In¹ this hands-on workshop we invite the PD community to take stock of empirical insights and conceptual developments around the notions of infrastructure and infrastructuring. We propose that by leveraging the original relational nature of these concepts, we can revitalize the political soul of PD and better characterize the politics of participat...
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The aim of this special issue is to continue and contribute to the debate around the conceptu- alisations and understandings of participation in Participatory Design (PD) and related areas of human–computer interaction (HCI) research, recently invigorated by Vines et al. (2015), Halskov and Hansen (2015) and Saad-Sulonen et al. (2015). Ongoing tran...
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[Open access] Participatory design (PD) research has historically strongly focused on the reporting of design events (e.g. workshops and prototyping activities with participants), where issues such as ‘involving users’, including the users’ point of view, and participation as a matter of mutual learning have been in the foreground. The need to furt...
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This workshop was organized to provide members and other stakeholders of INAR RI Ecosystems with an introduction to data management in the ecological and related sciences. The notion of local data management was used as a starting point to discuss data management activities taking place at or close to the origins of data, and to envision how data w...
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Politics in environmental research infrastructure formation: When top-down policy-making meets bottom-up fragmentation | Platypus The environmental sciences have been a fertile ground for the development of scientic infrastructures (a.k.a. cyberinfrastructure in the USA and research infrastructure in Europe).
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The workshop was organized at the EASST2018 Conference to take stock of empirical insights and conceptual developments around the notion of infrastructuring in STS. We report on the collective process that aimed to critically map and disentangle assumptions, identify blind spots, and chart the varied uses of the notion in STS. By using a hands-on a...
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This issue of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (vol. 27, no. 2) is the second and final part of the three issues focusing on the topic of ‘Infrastructuring and Collaborative Design’. The first part of the special issue was published as a double issue (vol. 26, nos. 1-2) in 2017. Eight articles were published in the first part, and this second pa...
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Participatory design (PD) can play an important role in obtaining benefits from healthcare information technologies, but we contend that to fulfil this role PD must incorporate feedback from real use of the technologies. In this paper we describe an effects-driven PD approach that revolves around a sustained focus on pursued effects and uses the ex...
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Participatory design (PD) can play an important role in obtaining benefits from healthcare information technologies, but we contend that to fulfil this role PD must incorporate feedback from real use of the technologies. In this paper we describe an effects-driven PD approach that revolves around a sustained focus on pursued effects and uses the ex...
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This paper joins the discussion on participation in Participatory Design (PD) by proposing reflexivity as an orientation for engaging in design and for the plurality of participation. Based on our study in which a social media-supported collaboration model was designed with professionals working against workplace harassment, the paper recounts how...
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This paper contributes to the ongoing debate on participation in Participatory Design (PD) by drawing on the notion of genuine participation [8]. It clarifies nurses' empirical journey as one of becoming and learning [1, 6], where they move from being reluctant participants, attending only because management has instructed them to do so, to taking...
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div class="page" title="Page 1"> The aim of the Unfolding Participation workshop is to outline an agenda for the next 10 years of participatory design (PD) and participatory human computer interaction (HCI) research. We will do that through a double strategy: 1) by critically interrogating the concept of participation ( unfolding the concept itsel...
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This paper reviews literature and reflects on infrastructuring in Participatory Design (PD) with a conceptual interest. It starts with the notion of information infrastructure introduced to the PD community in the mid-1990s by Star and collaborators. It traces how the notion has been adapted, appended, and negotiated within a number of PD approache...
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The workshop will examine issues around emerging participation in (re-)designing technological and/or societal infrastructures. Contributions should provide cases and/or methodological reflections on connecting ongoing social or professional practices involving infrastructure usages with emerging and/or collaborative processes of changing/improving...
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This chapter draws from a participatory design of a social media supported collaboration model for, with, and by professionals working against workplace harassment. Our experiences in this process provide insight into participation and reflexivity that we conceptualize as “reflexive engagement.” Since professional uses of social media will continue...
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Background/Question/Methods The biography of a long-term, interdisciplinary project can inform current and future generations about how scientists integrate long-term monitoring, experimental design, modeling, and data synthesis to support innovative research and education. A long-term place-based research effort, such as the Shortgrass Steppe Lo...
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This article reports on a literature study of Science and Technology Studies (STS) research on infrastructural technologies with a particular interest on how long-­‐ term temporality is conceived in these. Stances to long-­‐term temporality are reviewed in three areas of research, each of these addressing a particular kind of infrastructural techno...
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In this article we focus attention on ethnography's place in CSCW by reflecting on how ethnography in the context of CSCW has contributed to our understanding of the sociality and materiality of work and by exploring how the notion of the 'field site' as a construct in ethnography provides new ways of conceptualizing 'work' that extends beyond the...
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E-tiedekaudessa on kyse digitaalisille aineistoille, jaetuille teknisille resursseille sekä hajautetuille vuorovaikutusmuodoille rakentuvasta tutkimuk-sen informaatio-ja yhteistoimintainfrastruktuu-rista. Ilmiöstä puhutaan monilla nimillä: e-tiede, e-tutkimus, e-infrastruktuuri, kyberinfrastruktuuri, tiede 2.0 ja tutkimusinfrastruktuuri. Siihen lii...
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Suomen Akatemian tämän vuoden lokakuun haussa on kohdennettu tutkimusinfrastruktuurien rahoitukseen 10 miljoonaa euroa. Tutkijoiden ja kansanedustajien seuran järjestämässä keskustelutilaisuudessa tämän todettiin olevan aivan liian vähän kansainvälisessä vertailussa. Laajaa yhteisymmärrystä näyttää olevan olemassa siitä, että jonkinlainen instituti...
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This article investigates mediation between design and use, related to which there is an abundant literature in information technology (IT) research. However, the existing literature is fragmented and unconnected. This analysis is motivated by revisiting five empirical studies that address the relationship between design and use. Our collaborative,...
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This paper introduces the recently established Finnish Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (FinLTSER) Network, a recent addition to the International LTER Network. FinLTSER Network's main research areas are presented briefly together with a summary of the organisation and governance of the national network and its connections with European and inte...
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This article investigates mediation between design and use, related to which there is an abundant literature in information technology (IT) research. However, the existing literature is fragmented and unconnected. This analysis is motivated by revisiting five empirical studies that address the relationship between design and use. Our collaborative,...
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This paper explores data practices in a Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) setting. It describes a number of salient data characteristics that are specific to the LTER program and outlines some central features of the curation approach cultivated within the US LTER network. It goes on to identify recent developments within the international LTER...
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This paper examines the phenomenon of Community De- sign. It is a radical phenomenon in that community mem- bers collectively grow their own community information infrastructures without the intervention of professionals typically associated with such endeavors. A recently initi- ated comparative study draws on ongoing, longitudinal research engage...
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This paper explores data curation in a Long Term Ecological Re-search (LTER) setting. It describes a number of salient data characteristics that are specific to the discipline and outlines some central features of the curation approach cultivated within the US LTER network. It goes on to identify recent developments within the international LTER pr...
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This paper aims to enrich the current understanding of data curation prevalent in e-Science by drawing on an ethnographic study of one of the longest-running efforts at long- term consistent data collection with open data sharing in an environment of interdisciplinary collaboration. In such a context we identify a set of salient characteristics of...
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This paper foregrounds the long-term perspective and the role of information management in creating infrastructure to support collaborative ecological research. The case study of the long-term ecological research network is an ongoing research collaboration that integrates ethnographic and action research approaches. We describe three interdependen...
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In this paper, we use the notions of artful integrations and infrastructure to analyze two cases of community Participatory Design 'in the wild'. Though the communities are quite different on the outside, they bear surprising similarities when it comes to collaboration in technology design. We identify several features of how the community members...
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The Eighth European Computer Supported Cooperative Work conference (ECSCW 2003) provided a venue to gather researchers interested in the study of scientific collaborations and their technology support. The organizers, Karen S. Baker, Geoffrey C. Bowker and Helena Karasti, started to work together in 2002 on a National Science Foundation funded BioD...
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This paper examines the question of whether film developers can be(come) technology developers. A straightforward 'yes' is not the immediate answer when considering female technology developers situated low in the organisational hierarchies. This paper explores the complicated and contested terrains of women's expertise and their participation in t...
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INTRODUCTION The role of storytelling in support of organizational iden-tity and communication is well recognized [e.g. 5, 6] though there are few empirical studies of organizational storytelling practices [7] in general and fewer of scientific storytelling in particular. Stories and their use raise com-plex issues with respect both to community bu...
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1. Abstract To develop robust datasets for long-term re-use, new approaches are needed that incorporate relevant facets of organizational culture in their description. Early ethnographic research points to the importance of holding narrative accounts of data use alongside formal metadata structures. We describe our proposal to identify models for t...
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This article discusses the integration of work practice and system design. By scrutinising the unfolding discourse of workshop participants the co-construction of work practice issues as relevant design considerations is described. Through a mutual exploration of ethnography and participatory design the contributing constituents to the co-construct...
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This paper examines the collaborative activities of radiology practitioners, designers and fieldworker/researchers in a work practice oriented multiparty design intervention organised in connection to an experimental teleradiology project. Through an example of image comparison in radiologists' image interpretation the participants can be seen to c...
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After the design and development of the teleradiology system, a work practice oriented approach was used to gain a more holistic understanding of the relationship between the emerging work practice and the newly implemented technology, and to provide information for redesigning the system. The approach which utilized ethnographically informed field...
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This paper addresses the issue of bridging the analysis of work practice md systems design. It describes a case study of organizing cooperative workshops in connection with an experimental teleradiology project. In planning for the workshops the issues of participation and the shared object of collaborative activities were carefully considered. Par...
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This paper asks whether it is possible to identify a gender oriented information systems development (ISD) approach within the field of IS. The results of a paradigmatic analysis of three gender oriented ISD projects are presented. The analysis was carried out with a framework based on a distinction between the ontology, epistemology, methodology a...
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This article brings forward the issue of long-term that has been practically ignored by the academic disciplines of information systems design. It explores the problematics inherent to long-term perspective through an empirical study of information managers' work in a large-scale setting of scientific collaboration. Empirical findings on data stewa...
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New roles are emerging to address new types of work associated with both local information infrastructure and cyberinfrastructure. Mediation – or work across boundaries of established arenas – is one of these types of work. We argue for the importance of recognizing and facilitating mediation roles in local-scale as well as global-scale infrastruct...
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This thesis explores the integration of work practice and system design in deliberating upon how to increase the sensitivity of system design towards everyday work practice. The attempt to make work practice visible and intelligible for system design necessarily relates to two very different bodies of knowledge: the actual work activities and knowl...