Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Anthropology of the cubicle: Communication and collaboration in state historic preservation offices
by Morrison, Lindsey E., M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2014, 179; 1556555
Abstract (Summary)

Digital cultural resource information systems affect the stewardship of archaeological, cultural, and historic resources throughout the country. These information systems, however, are maintained and updated throughout many different agencies, such as State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs) and the National Park Service (NPS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This thesis applies ethnographic methods, including interviews and social network analysis, to explore the communication and collaboration efforts within SHPOs, between SHPOs, and among SHPOs and multiple federal agencies. The research topic originated from an information system assessment conducted during an internship at the History Colorado Center, Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation in Denver, Colorado. Throughout the research, I noticed trends in collaboration that emerged from interviews with SHPO participants. As a result, I developed a research design to further examine these concerns, highlighting the major issues in current collaboration and communication systems. This analysis serves as an organizational study of the SHPO and contributes to the larger conversation about cultural resource information system needs throughout America. Through creating a space for and facilitating communication between SHPOs and between the SHPO and federal agencies, organizations and cultural resource stakeholders can build positive relationships that will benefit the overall protection, preservation, and stewardship of historic, archaeological, and cultural resources in America.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Downum, Christian E.
Commitee: Small, Cathy A., Smiley, Francis E.
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Archaeology, Communication, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Database, Gis, Historic preservation, Organizations, Shpo, State historic preservation office
Publication Number: 1556555
ISBN: 978-1-303-92030-1
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