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    A bigger picture: information systems and spatial data infrastructure research perspectives
    A weakness of spatial data infrastructure (SDI) studies has been the limited uptake of research outside of positivist and scientific-technological perspectives. To put it simply, a study of a SDI without considering other philosophies of knowledge will be greatly constrained to technical and administrative organizational dimensions. The ontological uniformity of SDI studies is unnecessarily restrictive. While valuable in a narrowly defined framework of project, SDI studies should consider the larger set of interactions involving actors in political, administrative and socio-technical domains. We review the development of information system research approaches and consider key positions from its diverse ontologies (positivism and interpretivism) and theories (strategic alignment, interactionism and social construction). We point to possible ways to consider these positions in SDI research.
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    Irreductionally Real Information Infrastructures: Practices beyond Universals
    (Wichmann-Verlag and Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2013-07) ;
    The Internet was designed to be nuclear war and future-proof. Probably unexpectedly, these two issues supported each other. Indeed, the need to create a decentralized large digital network made it open-ended the way we have come to know the internet through the last years. The changes are also relevant to specific developments of spatial data infrastructures and their future. Our focus is on the practical and empirical aspects of the internet and related infrastructures, as they have become part of our present and future prospects.