Petter Nielsen

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Academic Interests

My research interest is related to large-scale and complex information systems (what we like to call Information Infrastructures) - how they are evolving, how we influence them, how we can govern them, the role of their architecture and how they facilitate innovation. I have empirically studied this related to content services for mobile phones, web shops as well as health information systems in developing countries.

I am working with the HISP project and the DHIS2 software, focusing on architectural issues related to health information in developing countries. This involves among other issues related to functional architecting, platforms, standards and digital innovation.

I act as a Senior Editor for the Information Systems Journal (ISJ), Information Technology for Development (ITD) and the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC). 

Some information relevant for PhD students here

I chaired the programme committee of the IFIP9.4 conference in 2015 in Colombo, Sri-Lanka and I will chair the same conference in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in 2019.

You find most of my papers available on Researchgate

My PhD thesis on Information Infrastructure Building you can read here.

Leadership

I am the Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Informatics and a Permanent representative at the Department Board. I am also Head of the Ph.d. Committee at the Department of Informatics.

Current Teaching

  • IN5210 - Information Systems

Higher education and employment history

Dr. Scient from the University of Oslo. 7 years of experience working with research and business development in the international telecommunication industry

Student exchange

I am managing a student exchange program (ETHIC) between the University of Oslo and Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique) and the University of Malawi funded by NORPART

Graduated PhD-students

Graduated Master-students

Links

Conferences

Journals

Tags: Information Systems, Information Infrastructure, Digital Innovation, Platforms, HISP, DHIS2

Publications

  • Adu-Gyamfi, Eric; Nielsen, Petter; Sæbø, Johan Ivar & Saugene, Zeferino (2019). Scaling Across Functional Domains: A Case of Implementing an Electronic HIV Patient Information System in Sierra Leone, In Petter Nielsen & Honest C. Kimaro (ed.),  Information and Communication Technologies for Development: Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D. 15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 1–3, 2019, Proceedings, Part I.  Springer Nature.  ISBN 9783030183998.  Kapittel.  s 331 - 342
  • Mahundi, Masoud; Nielsen, Petter & Kimaro, Honest (2019). The social and technical conditions enabling innovations in information infrastructures: A case study from public health in Tanzania. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID).  ISSN 2042-1338.  s 1- 11 . doi: 10.1080/20421338.2019.1594557
  • Nguyen, Simon Pettersen; Nielsen, Petter & Sæbø, Johan Ivar (2019). Global Standards and Local Development. Communications in Computer and Information Science.  ISSN 1865-0929.  933, s 141- 155 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-11235-6_10
  • Nicholson, Brian; Nielsen, Petter; Sæbø, Johan Ivar & Sahay, Sundeep (2019). Exploring Tensions of Global Public Good Platforms for Development: The Case of DHIS2, In Petter Nielsen & Honest C. Kimaro (ed.),  Information and Communication Technologies for Development: Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D. 15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 1–3, 2019, Proceedings, Part I.  Springer Nature.  ISBN 9783030183998.  Kapittel.  s 207 - 217
  • Nielsen, Petter; Kaasbøll, Jens Johan & Msiska, Brown Chawanangwa (2019). Leveraging Digital Health Platforms in Developing Countries: The Role of Boundary Resources, In Petter Nielsen & Honest C. Kimaro (ed.),  Information and Communication Technologies for Development: Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D. 15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 1–3, 2019, Proceedings, Part I.  Springer Nature.  ISBN 9783030183998.  Kapittel.  s 116 - 126
  • Sahay, Sundeep; Nielsen, Petter & Aanestad, Margunn (2019). Institutionalizing Information Systems for Universal Health Coverage in Primary Health Care and the Need for New Forms of Institutional Work. Communications of the Association for Information Systems.  ISSN 1529-3181.  44(1), s 62- 80 . doi: 10.17705/1CAIS.04403
  • Sanner, Terje Aksel & Nielsen, Petter (2019). Software Platforms for Inclusive Innovation, In Petter Nielsen & Honest C. Kimaro (ed.),  Information and Communication Technologies for Development: Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D. 15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 1–3, 2019, Proceedings, Part I.  Springer Nature.  ISBN 9783030183998.  Kapittel.  s 218 - 230
  • Msiska, Brown Chawanangwa & Nielsen, Petter (2018). Innovation in the fringes of software ecosystems: the role of socio-technical generativity. Information Technology for Development.  ISSN 0268-1102.  24(2), s 398- 421 . doi: 10.1080/02681102.2017.1400939 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Sahay, Sundeep; Nielsen, Petter & Latifov, Murodillo Abdusamadovich (2018). Grand challenges of public health: How can health information systems support facing them?. Health Policy and Technology.  ISSN 2211-8837.  7(1), s 81- 87 . doi: 10.1016/j.hlpt.2018.01.009
  • Sæbø, Johan Ivar; Moyo, Christon M. & Nielsen, Petter (2018). Promoting transparency and accountability with district league tables in Sierra Leone and Malawi. Health Policy and Technology.  ISSN 2211-8837.  7(1), s 35- 43 . doi: 10.1016/j.hlpt.2018.01.003
  • Adu-Gyamfi, Eric & Nielsen, Petter (2017). Leveraging software platform capabilities to support HIV (ART) treatment adherence management: A case from sierra leone. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology.  ISSN 1868-4238.  504, s 35- 46 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_4
  • Asah, Flora Nah; Nielsen, Petter & Sæbø, Johan Ivar (2017). Challenges for Health Indicators in Developing Countries: Misconceptions and Lack of Population Data. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology.  ISSN 1868-4238.  504, s 593- 604 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_48
  • Bergum, Bjørn-Ingar; Nielsen, Petter & Sæbø, Johan Ivar (2017). Patchworks of Logistics Management Information Systems: Challenges or Solutions for Developing Countries?. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology.  ISSN 1868-4238.  504, s 47- 58 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_5
  • Msiska, Brown Chawanangwa & Nielsen, Petter (2017). A Framework to Assess and Address Human Capacities Needed to Leverage Open Source Software Platforms in Developing Countries. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology.  ISSN 1868-4238.  504, s 81- 92 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_8
  • Nguyen, Simon Pettersen; Nielsen, Petter & Sæbø, Johan Ivar (2017). The Role of Global Standardization Communities in Shaping National Health Information Architectures. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology.  ISSN 1868-4238.  504, s 93- 103 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_9
  • Nguyen, Thanh Ngoc & Nielsen, Petter (2017). From routine to revolt: Improving routine health data quality and relevance by making them public. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology.  ISSN 1868-4238.  504, s 548- 558 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_45
  • Nguyen, Thanh Ngoc; Nielsen, Petter & Braa, Jørn (2017). Scaling Information Infrastructures: The Case of the Medical Licensing System in a Southeast Asian Country. AJIS. Australasian Journal of Information Systems.  ISSN 1449-8618.  21 . doi: 10.3127/ajis.v21i0.1518 Show summary
  • Nielsen, Petter (2017). Digital Innovation: A Research Agenda for Information Systems Research in Developing Countries. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology.  ISSN 1868-4238.  504, s 269- 279 . doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_23
  • Poppe, Olav; Sæbø, Johan Ivar; Nielsen, Petter & Sanner, Terje Aksel (2017). Standardising Through Software. IRIS Selected Papers of the Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia.  ISSN 1891-9863.  8, s 111- 119
  • Gizaw, Abyot Asalefew; Bygstad, Bendik & Nielsen, Petter (2016). Open generification. Information Systems Journal.  ISSN 1350-1917.  27(5), s 619- 642 . doi: 10.1111/isj.12112
  • Manya, Ayub Shisia & Nielsen, Petter (2016). Reporting Practices and Data Quality in Health Information Systems in Developing Countries: An Exploratory Case Study in Kenya. Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries.  ISSN 1178-4407.  10(1), s 114- 126
  • Moyo, Christon M.; Kaasbøll, Jens Johan; Nielsen, Petter & Sæbø, Johan Ivar (2016). The information transparency effects of introducing league tables in the health system in Malawi. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.  ISSN 1681-4835.  75:2, s 1- 16
  • Nielsen, Petter & Sæbø, Johan Ivar (2016). Three Strategies for Functional Architecting: Cases from the Health Systems of Developing Countries. Information Technology for Development.  ISSN 0268-1102.  22(1), s 134- 151 . doi: 10.1080/02681102.2015.1026304
  • Braa, Kristin & Nielsen, Petter (2014). Kapasitetsbygging og innovasjon i helsesystemer i sør. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0802-7005.  (3-4), s 53- 60
  • Braa, Kristin; Nielsen, Petter & Titlestad, Ola Hodne (2014). Innovation for Health in Developing Countries, In  Medical Technology - Meeting Tomorrow's Health Care Challenges.  Novus Forlag.  ISBN 978-82-7099-791-6.  Chapter 2.  s 21 - 37
  • Poppe, Olav; Sæbø, Johan Ivar & Nielsen, Petter (2014). Architecting in Large and Complex Information Infrastructures, In Trine Hald Commisso; Jacob Nørbjerg & Jan Pries-Heje (ed.),  Nordic Contributions in IS Research : 5th Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems, SCIS 2014, Ringsted, Denmark, August 10-13, 2014 : Proceedings.  Springer.  ISBN 978-3-319-09545-5.  7.  s 90 - 104
  • Poppe, Olav; Sæbø, Johan Ivar & Nielsen, Petter (2014). Architecting in large and complex information infrastructures. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing.  ISSN 1865-1348.  186, s 90- 104
  • Sanner, Terje Aksel; Manda, Tiwonge Davis & Nielsen, Petter (2014). Grafting: Balancing Control and Cultivation in Information Infrastructure Innovation. Journal of the AIS.  ISSN 1536-9323.  15(4), s 220- 243
  • Hanseth, Ole & Nielsen, Petter (2013). Infrastructural Innovation: Flexibility, Generativity and the Mobile Internet. International Journal of IT Standards and Standardization Research.  ISSN 1539-3062.  11(1), s 27- 45 . doi: 10.4018/jitsr.2013010102
  • Nielsen, Petter & Fjuk, Annita (2010). The Reality beyond the Hype: Mobile Internet is Primarily an Extension of PC-Based Internet. The Information Society.  ISSN 0197-2243.  26(5), s 375- 382 . doi: 10.1080/01972243.2010.511561
  • Aanestad, Margunn; Monteiro, Eric & Nielsen, Petter (2007). Information Infrastructures and Public Goods: Analytical and Practical Implications for SDI. Information Technology for Development.  ISSN 0268-1102.  13(1), s 7- 25
  • Nielsen, Petter & Aanestad, Margunn (2006). Control devolution as information infrastructure design strategy: A case study of a content service platform for mobile phones in Norway. Journal of Information Technology.  ISSN 0268-3962.  21, s 185- 194
  • Kristoffersen, Steinar; Nielsen, Petter; Blechar, Jennifer & Hanseth, Ole (2005). ‘Ordinary Innovation' of Mobile Services, In Carsten Sørensen; Youngjin Yoo & Janice DeGross (ed.),  Designing Ubiquitous Information Environments: Socio-Technical Issues and Challenges.  Springer Publishing Company.  ISBN 0-387-27560-6.  Kapittel 23.  s 305 - 320
  • Nielsen, Petter & Aanestad, Margunn (2005). Infrastructuralization as design strategy: A case study of a content service platform for mobile phones in Norway, In Eli Hustad; B.E. Munkvold; Knut-Helge Ronæs Rolland & L.S. Flak (ed.),  Proceedings of the 28th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia.  Agder University College.  ISBN 82-7117-554-8.  kapittel.
  • Jansen, Arild Johan & Nielsen, Petter (2005). Theorizing convergence co-evolution of information infrastructures. Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems.  ISSN 0905-0167.  (Vol. 17, no. 1), s 67- 100 Show summary
  • Nielsen, Petter & Mosse, Emilio (2004). Communication Practices as Functions, Rituals and Symbols: Challenges for Computerization of Paper-Based Information Systems. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.  ISSN 1681-4835.  18(3), s 1- 17

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  • Nielsen, Petter & Kimaro, Honest C. (ed.) (2019). Information and Communication Technologies for Development: Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D. 15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 1–3, 2019, Proceedings, Part I. Springer Nature.  ISBN 9783030183998.  789 s.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Kimaro, Honest C. (ed.) (2019). Information and Communication Technologies for Development: Strengthening Southern-Driven Cooperation as a Catalyst for ICT4D. 15th IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ICT4D 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 1–3, 2019, Proceedings, Part II. Springer Nature.  ISBN 9783030191146.  447 s.
  • Nielsen, Petter (ed.) (2015). Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries. Universitetet i Oslo.  ISBN 978-82-7368-465-3.  794 s.
  • Nielsen, Petter (ed.) (2015). Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries (IFIP 9.4). Universitetet i Oslo.  ISBN 978-82-7368-465-3.  794 s.
  • Jansen, Arild Johan & Nielsen, Petter (2003). Nielsen, Petter; Jansen, Arild J.. Information Infrastructures and Convergence [Foredrag og Artikkel. IRIS26; 09.08.2003 - 12.08.2003. I Laukkunen &Sarpola (ed) Proceeeding of IRIS26, Haikko Manor, Finland. The IRIS association.  950 s.

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  • Li, Magnus & Nielsen, Petter (2019). Making Usable Generic Software. A Matter of Global or Local Design?.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Sahay, Sundeep (2019). Critically studying openness: A way forward. Information Systems Journal.  ISSN 1350-1917.  29(4), s 763- 767 . doi: 10.1111/isj.12236
  • Li, Magnus; Nielsen, Petter & Sæbø, Johan Ivar (2018). Mediators to Advocate and Facilitate End-User Participation in Digital Innovation.
  • Nguyen, Simon Pettersen; Nielsen, Petter & Sæbø, Johan Ivar (2018). Global Standards and Local Development.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Sanner, Terje Aksel (2018). Digital Innovation and the Dynamics of ICT4D Projects.
  • Sahay, Sundeep; Nielsen, Petter; Faujdar, Dharamjeet; Kumar, Rajesh & Mukherjee, Arunima Sehgal (2018). Frugal Digital Innovation and Living Labs: A Case Study of Innovation in Public Health in India.
  • Saunders-Hastings, Patrick; Perrin, Maureen; Nielsen, Petter; Sæbø, Johan Ivar & Uggowitzer, Steven (2018). DHIS2 as a tool for health impact assessment in low-resource settings: examining opportunities for expanding use of routine health data.
  • Asah, Flora Nah & Nielsen, Petter (2016). The Fundamental Role of Health Information Systems for Universal Health Coverage: The Case of Cameroon.
  • Manya, Ayub Shisia; Nielsen, Petter & Pundo, Raphael (2016). Cloud Computing as a Catalyst for Integrated Health Information Systems in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges.
  • Braa, Kristin & Nielsen, Petter (2015). Sustainable Action Research: The Networks of Actions Approach.
  • Manya, Ayub Shisia; Braa, Jørn; Nielsen, Petter & Wasunna, Owino (2015). Utilization of routine health information system to monitor the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) for 2015 in South Sudan.
  • Manya, Ayub Shisia & Nielsen, Petter (2015). The Use of Social Learning Sysetms in Implementing a Web-Based Routine Health Information System in Kenya.
  • Moyo, Christon M.; Manda, Tiwonge Davis & Nielsen, Petter (2015). Peer based reviews as a strategy for strengthening the health information systems: a case study from Malawi.
  • Nielsen, Petter; Sahay, Sundeep & Latifov, Murodillo Abdusamadovich (2015). Civil Registration and Vital Statistics: A Neglected area in Information Systems Research.
  • Sæbø, Johan Ivar & Nielsen, Petter (2015). Usynlige mennesker, usynlige sykdommer. Verdensmagasinet X.  (1), s 74- 77
  • Hanseth, Ole & Nielsen, Petter (2014). Infrastructural Innovation and Generative Information Infrastructures, In Jakobs Kai (ed.),  Modern Trends Surrounding Information Technology Standards and Standardization within Organizations.  IGI Global.  ISBN 1466663332.  Chapter 1.  s 1 - 23
  • Nielsen, Petter (2014). Building a Global Network of Capacity: Lessons from HISP.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Sæbø, Johan Ivar (2014). Ebolas ofre. Dagsavisen - Nye Meninger.
  • Braa, Kristin & Nielsen, Petter (2013). Leveraging the potential of mobiles in developing country health initiatives: From ICT4D to information infrastructures 4D.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Mørk, Bjørn Erik (2013). Dataprogram som ikke snakker samme språk. Aftenposten Viten.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Hanseth, Ole (2010). TOWARDS A DESIGN THEORY OF USABILITY AND GENERATIVITY.
  • Kristoffersen, Steinar; Nielsen, Petter; Blechar, Jennifer & Hanseth, Ole (2005). ‘Ordinary Innovation' of Mobile Services.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Aanestad, Margunn (2005). Infrastructuralization as design strategy: A case study of a content service platform for mobile phones in Norway.
  • Nielsen, Petter (2004). Implementing public platforms for mobile phone content services: Standardization in era of convergence.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Herstad, Jo (2004). Providing premium SMS services for mobile phones: Usability based on networks of user - developer relationships.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Nhampossa, Jose Leopold (2004). Experiences of internationalizing Information Systems: The challenge of standardization.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Hanseth, Ole (2003). ENABLING OPERATOR-INDEPENDENT TRANSACTION MODEL FOR MOBILE PHONE CONTENT SERVICE PROVISION THROUGH THE OPEN CPA STANDARD.
  • Nielsen, Petter & Jansen, Arild Johan (2003). Information Infrastructures and Convergence.
  • Rolland, Knut-Helge Ronæs; Aanestad, Margunn & Nielsen, Petter (2003). Desperately seeking new theories? Setting new technologies and issues on the agenda.
  • Tuunanen, Tuure; Nielsen, Petter & Mallat, Nina (2003). END-USERS IN ISD RESEARCH - PARTICIPATORY DESIGN WITH WIDE AUDIENCE.
  • Jacucci, Edoardo; Nielsen, Petter & Berge, Ivar (2002). Bootstrapping the Electronic Patient Record Infrstructure.
  • Jansen, Arild Johan & Nielsen, Petter (2002). Next generation mobile communication infrastructure: UMTS and WLAN - who will succeed?.

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