Co-designing newcomers archives : discussing ethical challenges when establishing collaboration with vulnerable user groups

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Co-designing newcomers archives : discussing ethical challenges when establishing collaboration with vulnerable user groups

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Title Co-designing newcomers archives : discussing ethical challenges when establishing collaboration with vulnerable user groups
Author Nilsson, Elisabet M. ; Barton, Jody
Date 2016
Editor Kung, Cecile; Lam, Elita; Lee, Yanki
English abstract
Living Archives is a research project exploring the roles of archives in a digitized society. Together, with the Malmö City Archives, we initiated a project aiming at prototyping co-archiving practices for young newcomers, to contribute to a newcomers archive. The project emerged as a reaction to the situation in 2015, where 162,877 people sought asylum in Sweden. In response to this situation the Malmö City Archives is organising activities to welcome and help integrate newcomers. This paper however, doesn't focus on the design proposals prototyped as part of the project, but on ethical challenges when collaborating with vulnerable user groups. Before starting the research process we attended a seminar to discuss our ethical stand. We also revisited the ethical standards in research, as well as papers on ethical considerations in design research. Nevertheless, in encountering the youngsters we realised that we were not adequately prepared. To think about ethical standpoints in theory is one thing, but what happens in situ is something else. In this paper we highlight our personal experiences in our first meetings with the user group. We discuss the complexities of establishing collaborations with vulnerable groups, to avoid a naïve view of what such projects, and collaborations require in terms of time and resources. Given the current refugee situation and the potentials of design actions to tackle major societal problems, it is likely that many design researchers will be engaging with these issues, thus these discussions are required.
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Cumulus Hong Kong 'Open Design for E-very-thing : exploring new design purposes', Hong Kong, China, November 21-24, 2016
Link http://www.cumulusassociation.org/cumulus-working-papers-3316-cumulus-hong-kong-2016-open-design-for-e-very-thing/ (external link to publication)
Publisher Hong Kong Design Institute
Host/Issue Cumulus Working Papers 33/16 : Cumulus Hong Kong 2016 – Open Design for E-very-thing;
ISSN 1795-1879
ISBN 978-952-60-0081-7
Pages 211-214
Language eng (iso)
Subject co-archiving practices
newcomers
ethical challenges
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/22502 Permalink to this page
Link http://cumulus.hkdihongkong2016.org/ (external link to related web page)
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