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Exploring interspecies sensemaking: dog tracking semiotics and multispecies ethnography

Mancini, Clara; van der Linden, Janet; Bryan, Jon and Stuart, Andrew (2012). Exploring interspecies sensemaking: dog tracking semiotics and multispecies ethnography. In: Ubicomp 2012, 5-8 Sep 2012, Pittsburgh, USA, pp. 143–152.

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The domestic use of tracking technology with pets is on the rise, yet is under-researched. We investigate how tracking practices reconfigure human-dog relationships changing both humans and dogs. We question the sensemaking mechanisms by which both humans and dogs engage in context-based meaningful exchanges via the technology’s mediation. We show how an indexical semiotic perspective could inform the development of interspecies technology. Finally, we discuss the methodological issues raised by doing research with animals and propose an interspecies semiotics which integrates animal companions and animal researchers’ accounts into ethnographic observation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 ACM
Extra Information: ISBN 978-1-4503-1224-0
Keywords: tracking; dog; human; family; human-animal interaction; animal-computer interaction; semiotics; ethnography
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 34000
Depositing User: Clara Mancini
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 10:51
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 12:17
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