The Collaborative Production and Use of Cognitive Artifacts in Rescue Management
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The present study investigates how the various cognitive artifacts used in three rescue management settings are integrated into the activity and in what ways they structure it. Apartfrom aoalyzing the ways in which the artifacts structure the tasks aod goals of tbe activity, thisarticle also argues that the artifacts produced by the operators themselves function as mediators oftbe overall uoderstaoding of the situation dealt with. The aoalysis focuses particularly on tbeteams' design and redesign of the artifacts used, and on how this ongoing process mediates thecommon problem space. It is argued that the collaboratively constructed and customized artifactsdefine the functional requirements of the task in such a way as to support the formation of acommonly shared situation awareness, something that is essential for emergency and rescuemanagement work.
Customized representations, collaborative production of artifacts, structure of the activity, mediating artifacts, cognitive economy
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79041OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79041DiVA: diva2:537942