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Looking for fraud in digital footprints: sensemaking with chronologies in a large corporate investigation

Attfield, S.; Blandford, A.; (2009) Looking for fraud in digital footprints: sensemaking with chronologies in a large corporate investigation. UCL Interaction Centre: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

During extended sensemaking tasks people typically create external representations that integrate information and support their thinking. Understanding the variety, role and use of these is important for understanding sensemaking and how to support it effectively. We report a case-study of a large, document-based fraud investigation undertaken by a law firm. We focus on the construction and use of integrated representations in the form of chronologies. We show how these supported conjecture recording, focussing on time-periods, identifying gaps, identifying connections and reviewing interpretations. We use our findings to highlight limitations of a previous analysis of representations in sensemaking which regards this as schema definition and population. The findings also argue for search tools designed to identify date references in documents, for the support of ad-hoc event selections, and the support of linking between integrating representations and source documents.

Type:Working / discussion paper
Title:Looking for fraud in digital footprints: sensemaking with chronologies in a large corporate investigation
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.uclic.ucl.ac.uk/annb/MaSIpubs.html
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre

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