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ERIC Number: EJ916534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2042-7530
Understanding the Evolution of Technology through P2P Systems and Its Impact on Learning Environments
Rawlings, Tomas
E-Learning and Digital Media, v7 n4 p395-406 2010
The purpose of this article is to explore the development of new methodological approaches that draw on ideas and concepts from natural sciences and apply them within the humanities. The main research example this article looks at is the re-application of a palaeontological process; it looks though the geological layers of sediment for fossilised remains from which it can attempt to reverse-engineer the process and forms of change from these finds. This research re-engineers this basic method by looking at the layers of software iteration to understand the relationships between media artefacts over time. This article uses as its test subject, peer-to-peer software (p2p). The method developed involved sifting though the layers of digital sediment using change-logs, release schedules, forms, mailing lists and release repositories to reconstruct a time-line of change. It then used this data to construct a proto-phylogenetic tree of familial relationships between different p2p software clients. The article examines these findings next to existing works on technology evolution, suggests a mechanism by which these findings can be interpreted and then has suggestions as to the possible implications of these findings for learning and educational technologies. (Contains 3 figures and 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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