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AIS i havets och tankens strömmar: En etnografisk studie av nautikers användning av transpondersystemet AIS
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2004 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesisAlternative title
AIS in The Currents of Sea and Thought : An ethnographic study of mariners'use of the Automatic Identification System (English)
Abstract [en]

An ethnographic study loosely informed by the theoretical framework of distributed cognition was carried out in order to describe how mariners have adopted the Automatic Identification System (AIS) in their work practice, or"made the technology their own". AIS is a transponder-based identification and communication system that allows ships to automatically identify and track each other. In addition to facilitating the identification and tracking of ships, objectives behind the introduction of AIS are to"simplify informational exchange", and"provide additional information to assist situation awareness". Participant observation and interviews were made at four different ships, as well as at two shore stations. A focus group was also held at a maritime conference. The study gave some interesting results. For example, a Problem of Public Information Loss was identified. It is tentatively suggested that this problem has been overlooked partly because of a widespread but impoverished model of communication which does not account for the role of side-participants in a conversation. It is concluded that more research needs to be done on maritime work and the use of new bridge technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för datavetenskap , 2004. , 76 p.
Keyword [en]
Interdisciplinary studies, AIS, Automatic Identification System, distributed cognition, ethnography
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-2500ISRN: LIU-KOGVET-D--04/19--SEOAI: diva2:19834
Available from: 2004-12-10 Created: 2004-12-10

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