Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems


Welcome to the first issue of volume 27 of the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems. As is customary at the turn of the year, there have been changes to the editorial board: Magnus Bergquist has replaced Christina Keller as the Swedish member of the editorial board, and Jacob Nørbjerg is now editor-in-chief. We would like to thank Christina for her services to the journal and to welcome Magnus to the team.

Also, Peter Axel Nielsen has decided to step down after many years as the journal’s produc- tion editor. He is replaced by Jacob Nørbjerg. Peter has served on the editorial team in different functions, AE, editor-in-chief, and production editor for several years, and his great experience regarding all aspects of the journal has been invaluable to the editorial teams. Thank you, Peter, for your great contribution to the journal!

This issue of the journal features two research papers. Both papers represent the Scandinavian tradition for studying practice and engaging with practitioners. And both papers study—from different vantage points—data; its production, interpretation, and use. Soffi Westin and Maung K. Sein present the results of an action design research (ADR) project aiming to improve data and information quality in a construction engineering company. The research results in a set of design principles for Information Quality Systems (IQS) as well as a changed view on data qual- ity management: from error detection and correction; i.e.; all data in the system must be complete and correct, to error management; i.e.; keeping track of errors until they can be corrected. In this way they balance the requirement for high quality data against the need for construction projects to proceed without delay.

In their paper, Elena Parmiggiani and Eric Monteiro study sub-sea arctic environmental monitoring by a Norwegian oil and gas operator. Using the concept nested materiality, the au- thors show how the ‘facts’ about the sub-sea environment are produced in an interplay between an evolving, complex, and distributed technical infrastructure, and the physical and social con- text. Thus, in words of the authors, are facts about the Arctic sub-sea environment “produced, not given”, raising questions about how to establish a sound base for decisions about Arctic oil exploration as well as other complex and potentially risky human activities.

We hope that you will find the issue interesting. We look forward to receiving your best papers with a view to publishing them in the Scandinavian IS community’s own journal—the Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems.

Jacob Nørbjerg, Netta Iivari, Bendik Bygstad and Magnus Bergquist



The Nested Materiality of Environmental Monitoring
Elena Parmiggiani and Eric Monteiro