Interspecies information systems

van der Linden, Dirk (2021) Interspecies information systems. Requirements Engineering, 26 (4). pp. 535-556. ISSN 0947-3602

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This article introduces a new class of socio-technical systems, interspecies information systems (IIS) by describing several examples of these systems emerging through the use of commercially available data-driven animal-centered technology. When animal-centered technology, such as pet wearables, cow health monitoring, or even wildlife drones captures animal data and inform humans of actions to take towards animals, interspecies information systems emerge. I discuss the importance of understanding them as information systems rather than isolated technology or technology-mediated interactions, and propose a conceptual model capturing the key components and information flow of a general interspecies information system. I conclude by proposing multiple practical challenges that are faced in the successful design, engineering and use of any IIS where animal data informs human actions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information systems, Animal-centered technology, Interspecies communication, Socio-technical systems, Requirements, Animal–computer interaction
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 13:28
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 11:15

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