Digital institutionalization: The digital construction of reality.
Institutional reality is changing as a result of digitalization, and “Digital institutionalization” is changing the way we think about, and create the entities of institutional reality. The creation, exchange and use of institutional entities such as medical prescriptions, owners, traffic vehicles, patient records, products, purchase orders, money, insurances, taxes etc., are fundamental for society. Digital infrastructures are one of the most powerful forces of institutional change, because they change social interaction and practices on a mass scale. Digital infrastructures in institutional contexts mediates rights (deontic powers) conforming to conceptualizations, rules and norms. Digital institutionalization relates to the ontology status of information systems. Information systems are not just “Representations of reality” they are used to constitute digital institutional reality. This relates to ontological questions such as:
- What entities exists?
- How and where do they exist?
- How do we identify them?
However, these questions and the answers to them, are not only of interest for philosophical reasons. They have theoretical and practical implications for conceptual modelling, digital infrastructure design, and the digitalization of institutions and practices.
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