Alison Crerar

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The idea for this paper came from a debate at the 1998 ISCRAT conference in Denmark on cultural-historical activity theory (CHAT). A leading activist in the movement to bring CHAT into systems design, Bonnie Nardi, asked the question; would design not bene"t more from training better ethnographers than from burdening them with such a complex set of(More)
This paper identifies a gap in the research agenda of the auditory display community – the study of work practice and the uses (current and potential) of the workplace ‘soundscape’. The paper presents a case study derived from a one year activity theory-oriented ethnographic study of information gathering work at a UK daily newspaper. We consider the(More)
speech music everyday VOICES IN THE FOREST 167 Figure 2: 3D rendering of map of the Soundscape Whilst the parts of the soundscape are described at a fairly high level, they are sufficiently detailed to allow us to develop an idea of the main elements of the soundscape. If you were to stop for a moment and listen to the soundscape you are in, we suggest that(More)
This paper investigates soundscape classification by using two different forms of data gathering and two different populations. The first method involves a questionnaire completed by 75 audio professionals. The second uses a speak-aloud experiment, during which 40 end users were asked to describe their audio environment. While both approaches are different(More)
This paper describes a trial of Macaulay and Crerar’s method of mapping a workplace soundscape [1] to assess its fitness as a basis for an extended soundscape mapping method. Twelve participants took part within 14 separate environments, which included academic, commercial and domestic locations. Results were visualized and subsequently collapsed to produce(More)
This paper presents a unique insight into the way acousticians, computing specialists and sound designers describe the dimensions of sound they use. Seventy-five audio professionals completed a detailed questionnaire created to elicit common definitions of the words noise and soundscape, and to establish common methods of reifying sound, architectural(More)
This paper reports an empirical study to investigate how individuals perceive and classify elements of their workplace auditory environments. The participants were 18 university employees chosen for their varying degrees of room occupancy, from single occupants through to those sharing with up to 11 colleagues. Participants in single rooms were expected to(More)