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Keywords: Ethnography; information system design; engineering mentality; social basis of informatics; ethnomethodology and information systems
The paper is an introduction to the special section of ERQ on «Ethnography and Information System Design». It reviews the main stages of the collaboration between ethnographers and information system designers, highlighting the reasons and motives for their mutual relationship. Is it possible to consider the ethnographic approach to information system design a «success story»? How is it that information system design - a field seemingly distant from the concerns, history or tradition of ethnographic research - is today so interested in the approach, the methods, and the «philosophy» of ethnography? What has ethnography to offer information system designers?