Developing a Model of Distributed Sensemaking: A Case Study of Military Analysis
AbstractIn this paper, we examine the role of representational artefacts in sensemaking. Embodied within representational media, such as maps, charts and lists, are a number of affordances, which can furnish sensemakers with the ability to perform tasks that may be difficult to do inside the head. Presented here is a study of sensemaking in action. We conducted a study of military intelligence analysts carrying out a training exercise, the analysis of which focuses on the use of external task-specific representations. We present a discussion of the findings of our study in the form of a model of distributed sensemaking. Our model concentrates on the interaction of information and various representational artefacts, leading to the generation of insights and a situation picture. We also introduce a number of levels of description for examining the properties and affordances offered by representational artefacts and their role in the sensemaking process. View Full-Text
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Wheat, A.; Attfield, S.; Fields, B. Developing a Model of Distributed Sensemaking: A Case Study of Military Analysis. Informatics 2016, 3, 1.
Wheat A, Attfield S, Fields B. Developing a Model of Distributed Sensemaking: A Case Study of Military Analysis. Informatics. 2016; 3(1):1.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wheat, Ashley; Attfield, Simon; Fields, Bob. 2016. "Developing a Model of Distributed Sensemaking: A Case Study of Military Analysis." Informatics 3, no. 1: 1.
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