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    'Observing' the Workplace Soundscape: Ethnography and Auditory Interface Design

    International Conference on Auditory Display

    University of Glasgow, UK. 1st - 4th November 1998


    C. Macaulay & A. Crerar


    This paper identifies a gap in the research agenda of the auditory display community - the study of work practice and the uses (current and potential) of the workplace 'soundscape'. The paper presents a case study derived from a one year activity theory-oriented ethnographic study of information gathering work at a UK daily newspaper.

    We consider the soundscape aspects of mediating collaborative activity in the newsroom, and conclude with a discussion of the issues arising from this attempt to utilise ethnographic techniques within the auditory display design domain.


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