Dr. Ole Pütz

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Office:CITEC 1-224
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Dr. Ole Pütz hat Soziologie an der Universität Bielefeld, der Göteborg Universitetet und der University of Notre Dame studiert. 2016 hat er an der Universität Bielefeld seine Promotion abgeschlossen und seine Doktorarbeit über strategische Planung von Gruppen der Anti-Atom Bewegung wurde mit einem Preis ausgezeichnet. Ole Pütz hat im Bereich Qualitative Methoden gelehrt und in der Universitätsverwaltung gearbeitet bevor er im Oktober 2017 der AG Semantische Datenbanken beigetreten ist. Er hat vor Kurzem ein Stipendium erhalten um ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt zu entwickeln, das Soziologie und Informatik verbindet.

Projekt: CEPIEC: The Co-Evolution of Projects and Indexical Expressions in Computing

The CEPIEC project intends to investigate how teams of software engineers and computer scientists (designers) carry out projects of software design. Their work is understood as a cyclical process that unfolds over time. CEPIEC asks how designers manage problems that arise during projects both by discussing a problem and potential solutions with others in face-to-face interaction and by implementing solutions in programming code, and how a solution may lead to new problems and problem-oriented discussions. The assumption is that discussions about a project (in natural language) and working on a computer program (in programming language) co-evolve over the course of a project: The “indexical expressions” (Garfinkel 1967) used to talk about a problem and potential solutions shape the technical approach to that problem and its potential solutions, while possibilities and limitations of technologies in turn shape how problem and solutions are discussed by those involved in a project. The perspective employed by CEPIEC is both situational and trans-situational; the process of co-evolution can be observed situationally during a meeting or other face-to-face interactions but also over time as a project develops. CEPIEC uses an ethnographic approach to study software projects. Segments of code, sketches, presentations, and project documentation are collected as data. Additionally, CEPIEC relies on audiovisual recordings of meetings in order to capture indexical expressions and the sequential context of their use. CEPIEC focuses on projects in the field of computing because discussions about a project (in natural language) and working on a computer program (in programming language) each follow a different and potentially contradictory logic. According to ethnomethodology, what we say to others using natural language remains vague in many ways and we rely on both context and the progression of the interaction to make sense of the expressions others employ, without ever arriving at a point of absolute clarity (this is the logic of indexicality). This is true for the requirements of a project of software design as well that are articulated or expressed in natural language. Computer programs, however, which are designed to fulfill those requirements require specific and explicit instructions in order to operate. In order to achieve this, the written code of a computer program has to be explicit as well (this is the logic of explicitness). In other words, things that can remain implicit when talking about a project of software design must be made explicit when writing a computer program, using the restricted vocabulary of a programming language.