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  • 1.
    Andersson, Jonas
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    Det dumma nätet2010In: Efter The Pirate Bay / [ed] Jonas Andersson & Pelle Snickars, Stockholm: Kungliga biblioteket , 2010, p. 49-72Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Andersson, Jonas
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.
    Snickars, Pelle
    Nätanonymitet ett demokratiskt värde2011In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 6 augArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 3.
    Andersson Schwarz, Jonas
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    De digitala vidderna styrs från ovan2014In: Svenska Dagbladet, ISSN 1101-2412, no 23 junArticle in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 4.
    Andersson Schwarz, Jonas
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.
    Palmås, Karl
    Introducing the panspectric challenge: A reconfiguration of regulatory values in a multiplatform media landscape2013In: Central European Journal of Communication, ISSN 1899-5101, Vol. 6, no 2, p. 219-233Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Taking Sweden as a case study, the role of public service broadcasting (PSB) is explored, with a focus on issues of data retention and innovation that accompany web distribution. The issue of predicting audience preferences by means of data retention is investigated, and the related problem of organizational autonomy when interacting with commercial actors in the digital sphere. We hypothesize that previous tendencies towards paternalism might be equally supplemented by tendencies towards so-called “panspectric” surveillance and tracking, given a technological environment where such practices are increasingly common. We argue that the absence of advertising partially helps keep these broadcasters from panspectric temptation. Still, practices such as Facebook integration entail a panspectric element. We ask whether the potential increase in the efficacy of targeting audiences promised by panspectric practices might be offset by its negative impact on civic accountability. Is there a possibility for a “benign,” democratically accountable panspectrocism?

  • 5.
    Appelgren, Ester
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.
    Från kontroll till en illusion av interaktivitet: Datajournalistik som grävande arbetsmetod2016In: Nordicom Information, ISSN 0349-5949, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 58-61Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Datajournalistik som grävande arbetsmetod resulterar ofta i att journalistiska vinklar visualiseras i form av mönster eller specifika samband med hjälp av digitala medieformer. Här möts två tidigare åtskilda kulturer då journalistiska arbetsmetoder kombineras med tekniska arbetsmetoder. För att skapa en berättelse får journalister förtroende att fatta beslut åt publiken, i publikens intresse, medan en ingenjör istället kan bli anklagad för att fatta paternalistiska beslut över huvudet på människor. Med utgångspunkt från aktuell nordisk datajournalistik diskuteras i denna artikel därför vad som händer när just dessa två kulturer möts, i termer av beslutsfattande åt publiken, i publikens intresse.

  • 6.
    Eklund, Lina
    et al.
    Stockholms universitet, Sociologiska institutionen.
    Jonsson, Fatima
    Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
    Time to play: the rationalization of leisure time2012In: Proceedings of the 2012 iConference, New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2012, p. 145-151Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study explores how rationalization logic and rationalization processes influence digital gaming by looking at how players value and manage the time they spend on games. The study is framed in a discussion of leisure time, critical theories of computation and rationalization theory. Qualitative interview data is used in an inductive and phenomenology inspired approach. The results show two frames of understanding of gaming. First, games are perceived as media products and playing as a waste of time. Secondly, digital gaming is a hobby, a social activity highly valued within the framework of a rational time economy. We conclude that even though we are seeing a rationalization of leisure time in gaming, that rationalization process must be understood in the context of individualization within the new network society. This means that players are involved in a 'rational individualization' process where their management of leisure time and gaming activities are part of an ongoing identity project.

  • 7.
    Kürth-Landwehr, Sophie
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
    Reflections on YU: introducing project management tools into the design process2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses the understanding of the design process in research projects by taking specific tools from project management into account. Explorative and creative design projects often run the risk of loosing focus on project goals during the process. This article aims to provide a novel approach to the ongoing discussion of the clash between creativity and efficiency during the creation of artifacts. By discussing the self-conducted case study – project „Yu‟ – this article reflects on the design process as well as the relationship between the designer and the user. The model created and presented includes two techniques; the active user dialogue and the goal and user needs definition. Both are inspired by similar approaches in project management, which illustrate the importance of the designer's responsibility for the final design outcome. The article identifies and discusses similar approaches in design theory and is aiming to emphasize the positive possibilities for an elaborate design approach. 

  • 8.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of Amsterdam.
    Enterprise Content Management and the Records Continuum Model as strategies for long-term preservation of digital information2013In: Records Management Journal, ISSN 0956-5698, E-ISSN 1758-7689, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 159-176Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of Amsterdam.
    Exploring Two Approaches to Information Management: two Swedish municipalities as examples2014In: Enterprise Content Management in Information Systems Research: Foundations, Methods and Cases / [ed] vom Brocke, Jan, Simons, Alexander, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014, p. 217-235Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of Amsterdam.
    Information Culture in Three Municipalities and Its Impact on Information Management amidst E-Government Development.2014In: IFLA journal, ISSN 0340-0352, Vol. 40, no 1, p. 48-59Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of Amsterdam.
    Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: The Importance of Documentation in Postwar Education and Reconciliation2013Other (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies. University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
    Public Information Directive (PSI) implementation in two Swedish municipalities2018In: Records Management Journal, ISSN 0956-5698, E-ISSN 1758-7689, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 2-17Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: This paper examines the implementation of the Public Sector Information (PSI) directive in two Swedish municipalities amidst a changing information management landscape impacted by e-government development. Government information is currently looked upon as a “gold mine” and “raw material” to be explored by interested parties. The PSI directive grants European citizens a right to access government information flows (PSI) in order to develop new electronic services. The Swedish government implemented its PSI directive in July 2010. Swedish municipalities have to embrace the directive and make the PSI available to the general public. The literature review highlighted a number of critical issues that should be addressed if PSI initiatives are to succeed. This study revealed that the two municipalities had different resource capacities, and the levels of e-government development varied. This meant that the implementation of the PSI directive also varied. The bigger municipality with a bigger budget had implemented the PSI directive and was publishing data sets on its website, while the smaller municipality with a smaller budget only published a few documents. This paper, therefore, argues that the municipalities should have the same capacity if the PSI is to be a democratic endeavor to serve all citizens. Good quality PSI will also require the municipalities to embrace a records and information continua thinking, which highlights the necessity to proactively and holistically manage the information for pluralization in different contexts.

    Design/methodology/approach: This paper builds on interviews that were conducted with four municipal officers. The number of respondents is quite small because the focus was specifically on people who were responsible for the implementation of the PSI directive in the municipalities. The respondents were identified through their fellow colleagues and they also recommended each other. Pickard refers to this kind of approach as a snow-bowling approach. Through interviews and observation, one participant advises on issues that need further inquiry and, hence, directs the researcher to another person who might offer more answers. A general interview guide approach was used to solicit answers to issues such as the implementation of the PSI directive, guidelines for PSI publication, if terms such as big data and open data were being used in the municipalities, if the municipalities had an information governance plan and how it was understood, if the information systems were well aligned to meet with the requirements of the PSI directive, how e-government development affected information management and information security and if the municipalities had information security guidelines.

    Findings: The Swedish government requires its administrations to engage in e-government development. This development has led to increased amounts of information that the municipalities have to effectively manage and make available to the general public. However, the municipalities operate under different conditions. Municipalities that are financially stronger are better placed to invest in measures that will lead to better quality PSI. All municipalities are, however, expected to implement the PSI directive. The two municipalities that were the subjects of this study had different information management environments and the capacity to invest in information management systems that would facilitate the management of their information resources. The budgetary constraints faced by smaller municipalities might impact the implementation of the PSI directive and, hence, hinder the publication of the PSI. e-Government is meant to be an inclusive project, and the PSI is meant for all citizens with innovative ideas. There is a risk that citizens who belong to poorer municipalities might not be equally privileged compared to those living in resourceful municipalities. This poses a democratic challenge that should concern all people interested in an open and inclusive society.

    Originality/value: Little research has so far been published on the implementation process of the PSI directive. The discourses that have started to emerge discuss the challenges of open data without paying much attention to the creation, capture and the management aspects of the PSI. The originality of this paper, therefore, lies in the application of the records and information continua thinking, which highlights dimensions that enhance information management and the democratic challenges that will be caused by the data divide, as municipalities have different capabilities when it comes to the publication of the PSI.

  • 13. Svärd, Proscovia
    Records management and e-Government development in Europe: a tale of 3 municipalities.2013In: IQ: The RIM Quarterly, ISSN 0816-200X, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 37-42Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    University of Amsterdam.
    The impact of information culture on information/ records management: A case study of a municipality in Belgium.2014In: Records Management Journal, ISSN 0956-5698, E-ISSN 1758-7689, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 5-21Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archive Studies. University of South Africa, South Africa.
    The woes of Swedish private archival institutions2017In: Records Management Journal, ISSN 0956-5698, E-ISSN 1758-7689, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 275-285Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight the long-term preservation challenges that the Swedish private archives are faced with. In as much as they offer a complement to the public archives and hence offer a nuanced national narrative, they lack both financial and human resources to effectively deal with the digital information management environment. Design/methodology/approach: Participatory Action Research (PAR) was used to identify the challenges of long-term preservation together with the six private archives institutions that were involved in the collaboration. The collaboration was financially facilitated by the Södertörn University. PAR is defined as a systematic investigation, with the collaboration of those affected by the issue being studied, for the purposes of education and taking action or effecting social change. What is distinctive of PAR is the active involvement of people whose lives are affected by the phenomenon under study. Findings: The private archival institutions face long-term preservation challenges such as lack of a digital repository that would facilitate the capture, organization and management of digital records that are of different formats and in a dispersed environment. There are no stringent legal requirements to facilitate the creation and management of the records in a standardized way and the institutions fear that imposing such requirements might deter their clients from depositing archival materials with them. The institutions will also need to espouse the business-oriented archival descriptions where private organizations are concerned to identify relevant archival materials and to promote participatory archival descriptions that would allow the creators to tag their records with metadata. Digital information requires a proactive approach, that is, planning for the long-term preservation of the information before it is created. Private archives need to invest in education packages that will facilitate their clientele’s understanding of the challenges of digital long-term preservation. Research limitations/implications: The findings cannot be generalized to all private archival institutions, as it was only six institutions that participated, but the issues discussed are relevant to most archival institutions. Practical implications: A lot of research has been carried out in the area of long-term preservation, but researchers have not paid enough attention to the woes of the private archives. To sustain a nuanced national narrative, the private archives need all the support to be able to live up to their mission of preserving archives of the private sector that are not captured by the public archival institutions. This is important in a pluralistic society such as Sweden. Highlighting the challenges might enable the institutions to work towards finding common challenges. Social implications: The private archives are part of Sweden’s national heritage. Their preservation matters to the society as a whole and to enhancing the voices of the underrepresented. Originality/value: The literature review revealed that not much research has paid attention to the challenges being faced by the private archives. This paper, therefore, contributes to this knowledge gap. 

  • 16.
    Svärd, Proscovia
    Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för informationsteknologi och medier.
    Transforming public administrations and challenges of information management2011In: Archives & Manuscripts, ISSN 0157-6895, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 94-117Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article describes the transformation that is taking place in two publicmunicipalities and the information management challenges they are facedwith as they engage in e-government developments. In order to enhancetransparency, accountability and effective service delivery, the municipalities have invested in citizen-centric websites and hence made informationaccessible to the wider community. Municipal-level public administrations

    are slowly transforming from rigid organisations to organisations that are embracing change in order to cope with the increasing demand for quality service from citizens. They are also moving away from the ‘silo way’of doing things and promoting collaboration among the municipal units and beyond. Information and its management have become crucial to e-government developments since it is looked upon as a national resource. However, transforming public administrations is complex and threatens to disregard recordkeeping principles because of the way information systems meant to support new services are being conceptualised. The municipalities have invested in information systems to facilitate the capture and use of information, the automation of work processes and to improve efficiency.

    The ongoing e-service developments will require strong recordkeeping regimes that will sustain the open structures of governance, promote information access, protect citizenry rights and enable the municipalities to achieve their ultimate goal of effective service delivery. In the public sector, records management continues to play an indispensable role regarding

    the management of authentic, reliable and trustworthy records. However, enterprise content management (ECM) is also being promoted as a panacea to the management of the proliferating information resources. The findings and analysis in this article will be of interest to information management leaders and practitioners in local or municipal governments who are investigating new business processes and platforms for managing the growth of e-services.

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