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This book contains a collection of papers selected from the international workshops organized by the editors and directors of the COST A4 project on the social shaping of telematics and rural development. The introduction concentrates on general questions concerning the main assumptions of the work and on an assessment of convergent or divergent developments in the three countries compared: Denmark, Norway and Switzerland. Part 2 reinterprets projects and social experiments in the three countries. The papers summarize findings, nation-specific characteristics of the projects, and proposals for further work. Part 3 concentrates on papers that summarize methodological discussions important for assessment research in the future. The selection of methodologies, methods and measures guides the way along paths to the understanding of complex relationships between information-communication technologies (ICT) and societal contexts. The conscious and well reflected selection of methods is especially relevant in research that aims to deliver assessments of technologies for the practice of regional development in social contexts. In an epilogue a synthetic review of developments outlines a frame for how to look critically at open as well as tacit impacts of the new ICT.

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Authors: HETLAND P, University of Oslo, Department of Media and Communication (NO);MEYER-DALLACH H-P (EDITORS), University of Oslo, Department of Media and Communication (NO)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18260 EN (1998) 304pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the DG XII Documentation Centre, European Commission, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-2969823
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-3361-5
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