Welcome to Knowledge Infrastructures! This Website is intended to function as the official research and discussion companion to the Knowledge Infrastructures: Intellectual frameworks and research challenges report and workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and The Sloan Foundation. The Knowledge Infrastructures research group convened a workshop in May 2012, sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. Some 25 international scholars from many domains, including sociology, science and technology studies, computer science, human-computer interaction, and the digital humanities, participated in three days of intensive discussions and breakout groups. This document reports the outcomes, organized around three central questions:
How are knowledge infrastructures changing?
How do changes in knowledge infrastructures reinforce or redistribute authority, influence, and power?
And how can we best study, know, and imagine knowledge infrastructures moving forward?
Our report offers key examples of change, considers the consequences (good and bad) of emergent practices, and offers some rough tools and approaches that might support new ways of thinking and acting on the changing knowledge infrastructures around us. As always, the real-world terrain is more vast and complex than any single representation can capture. We have created this website in order to further the discussion and encourage visitors to lend their voice to the discussion. Check back soon as we continue to add relevant courses, events and thoughts to the Blog section.