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Developing a Taxonomy for Sustainable ICT: An exploratory study of the feasibility of a taxonomy for sustainable ICT
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC). School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can have a role to play in transitioning into a sustainable society but it is important to consider that implementation of an ICT-based solution not always lead to sustainability. Kentaro Toyama (2015) has proposed a framework, what he refers to as “Preliminary Thoughts on a Taxonomy of Value for Sustainable Computing”, to be used for classification of sustainable ICT-projects. A working taxonomy for ICT-projects could provide an explicit evaluative framework to be used for evaluating whether a given project might or might not contribute to sustainability goals. The taxonomy includes three dimensions to consider when classifying ICT-projects:

  • Impact - On sustainability
  • Intention - Towards sustainability
  • Effort  - For achieving Impact

This thesis picks up where Toyama left off with the purpose of exploring if the taxonomy is a feasible approach for addressing ICT and sustainability. This is done by first adding a Secondary Level to the taxonomy with the goal of making the classification process more accurate, but more importantly for the purpose of this thesis, enable a more detailed analysis of the overall feasibility of the taxonomy. Four interviews are conducted with representatives from ICT-projects addressing sustainability. As a result of the interviews four problems are identified that have implications for the feasibility of the taxonomy and that need to be considered in any future and further attempts to operationalize it.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Taxonomy, Sustainability, ICT, Computing
National Category
Media and Communication Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-202746OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-202746DiVA: diva2:1078528
Subject / course
Information and Communication Technology
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Media Technology
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Available from: 2017-04-20 Created: 2017-03-05 Last updated: 2017-04-20Bibliographically approved

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