When digital objects change - Exactly what changes?

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Abstract

Formal accounts of digital objects often characterize them as bit strings, graphs, sets, tuples, relations, or other similar constructs from discrete mathematics. Such characterizations imply that these objects cannot undergo changes such as losing or gaining parts, or having their parts rearranged. Yet our discourse about digital objects seems, if taken literally, to imply that those objects routinely undergo such changes. One strategy for dealing with this inconsistency is to affirm an account which leaves digital objects immutable and re-locates change in the persons interacting with these objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASIST 2008
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 71st ASIST Annual Meeting: People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People
PublisherAmerican Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume45
ISBN (Print)0877155402, 9780877155409
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
EventASIST 2008: 71st ASIST Annual Meeting: People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People - Columbus, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 24 2008Oct 29 2008

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OtherASIST 2008: 71st ASIST Annual Meeting: People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People
CountryUnited States
CityColumbus, OH
Period10/24/0810/29/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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    Renear, A. H., Dubin, D., & Wickett, K. M. (2008). When digital objects change - Exactly what changes? In ASIST 2008: Proceedings of the 71st ASIST Annual Meeting: People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People (Vol. 45). American Society for Information Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1002/meet.2008.14504503143