Telling Tales: Narratives Of Classification And Control In The Design Of Taxonomic Software.

Turner, Susan, Turner, Phil, Raguenaud, Cedric and Kennedy, Jessie (2002) Telling Tales: Narratives Of Classification And Control In The Design Of Taxonomic Software. In: Design Research Society Conference: Common Ground, September, 2002, 5-7 September 2002, Brunel University, Windsor, UK.

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This paper draws on concepts from the structuralist analysis of narrative to explore aspects of
the role of stories in the small group design process. A brief review of relevant narratological
concepts is provided. Their application in a preliminary analysis of case study data from a
team designing taxonomic software is then reported. It is concluded that narratology, and in
particular the notion of focalisation, has useful descriptive potential in this context, and may
help to elucidate some difficulties in design communication and documentation. Suggestions
for extension of the work are included.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Print ISSN: 1904133118
Additional Information: Later published in: Proceedings of Common Ground, the Design Research Society Conference, Brunel University 5-7 September 2002. David Durling & John Shackelton (eds.) Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books, 2003. ISBN 1904133118.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer programming; Program design; Taxonomy; Narrative; Role; Structural analysis;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology > 570 Life sciences; biology
800 Literature > 800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Item ID: 3026
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2009 17:06
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2011 10:14

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