Related Bibliography

Welcome! In this section we list a series of books, papers and articles related to Social Informatics. The goal is to give an overview of publications in the field that may be relevant for reflexion and future studies. The list is in constant update, so feel free to propose any bibliography you might think is relevant and that we haven’t posted yet. Thank you!

Intro to groups and online communities

  • Wellman, B. et al. (2001). Computer networks as social networks. Science, 293(14 September), 2031-2034.
  • Resnick, P. (2000) Beyond bowling together: Sociotechnical capital. Chapter 29 in HCI in the New Millenium, ed. John M. Carroll. Addison-Wesley, 247-272.
  • Simon, H. (1991). Bounded rationality and organizational learning. Organization Science, Special Issue: Organizational Learning: Papers in Honor of (and by) James G. March, 2:125-134
  • Ellis, D., Oldridge, R. & Vasconcelos, A. (2004). Community and virtual community. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 38: 145-168.

Frameworks of study and analysis

  • Star, S.L. and Clarke, A.  (2007). Social Worlds, Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society
  • Hine, C.M.  (2005).  Virtual Ethnography, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
  • Baym, N.K. (2005). Introduction: Internet Research as It Isn’t, Is, Could Be, and Should Be. The Information Society, 21: 229-232.
  • Latham, R. and Sassen, S. (2005). Digital formations: constructing an object of study. Introduction to Latham and Sassen, eds., Digital formations: IT and New Architectures in the Global Realm, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.


  • Yates, J., & Orlikowski, W. (1992). Genres of organizational communication: A structurational approach to studying communication and media. Academy of Management Review, 17:299-326.
  • Ducheneaut, N., & Watts, L. A. (2005). In search of coherence: A review of e-mail research. Human-Computer Interaction, 20:11-48.
  • Barak, A., and J. Suler. (2008) Reflections on the psychology and social science of cyberspace. In A. Barak (Ed.), Psychological aspects of cyberspace: Theory, research, applications. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Public Goods

  • Hardin, G. (1968). The tragedy of the commons. Science, 162: 1243-1248.
  • Ostrom, E. (2000). Collective action and the evolution of social norms. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 14:137-158.
  • Hollingshead, A.B., Fulk, J., Monge, P., Fostering intranet knowledge sharing: an integration of transactive memory and public goods approaches, in Distributed Work
  • Hess, C. and Ostrom, E., A framework for analyzing the commons, in Understanding Knowledge as Commons
  • Hess, C. and Ostrom, E. (2007).  Understanding Knowledge as Commons: From Theory to Practice. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.


  • Suchman, L. (1995). Making work visible.  Communications of the ACM, 38: 56-ff.
  • Baym, N.K. (2005).  Amateur experts: international fan labor in Swedish independent music. International Journal of Cultural Studies. 12: 1-17
  • Poteete et al. (2001). Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice. Princeton, NJ; Princeton University Press, selected sections


  • Willinsky, J. (2006). The Access Principle, Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, selected chapters
  • Lakhani., K. R., & Hippel, E. v. (2003). How open source software works “free” user-to-user assistance. Research Policy (Special Issue on Open Source Software Development), 32: 923-943.
  • Boyle, J. Mertonianism unbound,  in Understanding Knowledge as Commons.


  • Downey, J.  (2001), Virtual webs, physical technologies, and hidden workers: The spaces of labor in information internetworks,  Technology and Culture 42: 209-35
  • Lee, C.P., Dourish, P., Mark, G. (2006) The human infrastructure of cyberinfrastructure, Proceedings of the 2006 20th anniversary conference on Computer supported cooperative work, Banff, Canada, 483-492.
  • Ribes, D. and Finholt, T. (2009), The long now of technology infrastructure: articulating tensions in development., Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 10: 375-398.
  • Baker, K. S., Millerand, F. (2007). Articulation work supporting information infrastructure design: Coordination, categorization, and assessment in practice. 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS’07).

Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

  • Malone, T., & Crowston, K. (1994). The interdisciplinary study of coordination. ACM Computing Surveys, 26 : 87-119.
  • Cramton, C. D. (2001). The mutual knowledge problem and its consequences for dispersed collaboration. Organization Science, 12: 346-371.
  • Baltes, B.B. et al. (2002). Computer-mediated communication and group decision making: A meta-analysis. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 87:156-179.
  • Brown, J.S and Duguid, P. (1991). Organizational learning and communities-of-practice: Toward a unified view of working, learning, and innovation. Organization Science, Special Issue: Organizational Learning: Papers in Honor of (and by) James G. March, 2:40-57.
  • Hinds, P.J., Kiesler, S., eds. (2002). Distributed Work. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Technology and local knowledge

  • Cozzens et al, Knowledge and Development, Handbook of STS
  • Hackett, E.J., Amsterdamska, O., Lynch, M., and Wajcman, J., eds. (2008). The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies.  Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  • Boast, R., Bravo, M., Srinivasan R. (2007). Return to Babel: emergent diversity, digital resources, and local knowledge , The Information Society, 23: 395-403.

Sociality and Surveillance

  • Patton, J.W. (2000). Protecting privacy in public? Surveillance technologies and the value of public places.” Ethics and Information Technology 2:181-187
  • Blanchette, J.-F. and Johnson, D.G.. (2002). Data retention and the Panoptic society: the social benefits of forgetfulness.” The Information Society 18:33-45

Social Movements

  • Castells, M. (1997). The Power of Identity, Boston, MA: Blackwell, selected chapters
  • Hess et al, Science, Technology, and Social Movements, Handbook of STS
  • Rogers, E. (1962). Diffusion of innovations, New York: Free Press.
  • Briscoe, F. & Safford, S. (2008). The Nixon-in-China effect: activism, imitation and the institutionalization of contentious practices, Administrative Science Quarterly, 53: 460-491. Special Issue: Social Movements in Organizations and Markets


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