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Meet the Authors

Paul N. Edwards

Paul is a Professor in the School of Information and the Dept. of History at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the history, politics, and culture of information technologies and infrastructures. He's written two books:A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010), a history of the meteorological information infrastructure, and The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (MIT Press, 1996), a study of the mutual shaping of computers, military culture, and the psychological sciences from 1945-1990. He also co-edited Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (MIT Press, 2001) and Changing Life: Genomes, Ecologies, Bodies, Commodities (University of Minnesota Press, 1997), as well as numerous articles. He's taught at Stanford University and Cornell University, and held visiting positions at Sciences Po, Paris France; Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands; the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa; and the University of Melbourne. He has had the good fortune to receive a Carnegie Scholars' Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His current research concerns the social dynamics of monitoring, modeling, and memory in large scientific cyberinfrastructures, as well as further work on the history of meteorology and other large-scale information infrastructure

Steven J. Jackson

Steve teaches and conducts research in the areas of scientific collaboration, technologypolicy, democraticgovernance, and globaldevelopment. More specifically, he studies how people organize, fight, and work together around collective projects of all sorts in which technology plays a central role. He also studies how infrastructure – social and material forms foundational to other kinds of human action – gets built, stabilized, and sometimes undone. This brings him regularly into worlds of policy (especially technology, research,and development policy), organizational or institutional analysis, and occasionally into design (mostly as analyst and critic). Much of his time is spent doing ethnographic and sometimes historiographic research, where he studies how shifting policies, emerging technologies, and cultural innovation meet complex and historically-layered fields of practice. He tends to think a lot about governance – how order is produced and maintained in complex sociotechnical systems; time – how we experience, organize, design, and work around the temporal flows and patterns that shape and define individual and collective activity in the world; and breakdown, maintenance and repair – as sites of innovation, power, and ethics in complex sociotechnical systems.  At the broadest level, he is dedicated to the study of how things change and how they stay the same, in a world that is furiously doing both (piece of cake, right?).

Melissa K. Chalmers

Melissa is a second year PhD student at the School of Information, University of Michigan. Her background is in anthropology and cultural studies. She is interested in emerging infrastructure to support multi-modal digital scholarship, as well as the distribution and preservation of this scholarly output. More specifically, she is interested in changing relationships among technologies, content, and knowledge production practices across humanities disciplines; between new and old ways of doing things (and the translations and trading zones required to navigate these changes); and questions about what gets left behind or excluded in these processes. For the past year she has been studying large-scale text digitization projects (e.g. Google Books) and the use of their output across a number of use contexts, from library collection development to collaborative, computational humanities projects using digitized texts as data. She is interested in the ways that agency and expertise are diffused and distributed widely across people, teams, tools, and institutional arrangements.

Geoffrey C. Bowker

Geoffrey C. Bowker is Professor at the School of Information and Computer Science, University of California at Irvine, where he directs a laboratory the Evoke Laboratory.  Recent positions include Professor of and Senior Scholar in Cyberscholarship at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool and Executive Director, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara   Together with Leigh Star he wrote Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences; his most recent book is Memory Practices in the Sciences.  More information can be found at: http://ics.uci.edu/~gbowker.

Christine Borgman

Christine L. Borgman is Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA. She is the author of more than 200 publications in the fields of information studies, computer science, and communication. Both of her sole-authored monographs,Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000), have won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology. She is a lead investigator for the Center for Embedded Networked Systems(CENS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, where she conducts data practices research. Current collaborations include Monitoring, Modeling, and Memory and the Data Conservancy, both funded by the National Science Foundation, and The Transformation of Knowledge, Culture, and Practice in Data-Driven Science: A Knowledge Infrastructures Perspective, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, launching in January, 2012. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and recently completed seven years of service on the U.S. National Academies’ Board on Research Data and Information and the U.S. NationalCODATA. In 2011, Prof. Borgman received both the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, Association for Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE, and the Research in Information Science Award from the American Association of Information Science and Technology.

David Ribes 

David has been faculty in Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture and Technology Program (CCT) since 2008. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology and Science Studies (STS) from the University of California San Diego (UCSD - 2006), and completed a postdoc at the University of Michigan School of Information. He received his Masters from McGill University in Montreal and his Bachelors from York University in Toronto. His research often focuses on the sociotechnical facets of cyberinfrastructure (i.e., networked information technologies for the support of science) and how it is transforming the practice and organization of contemporary knowledge production. He is a principal investigator on several National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institues of Health (NIH) grants studying the consequences of novel information technologies on the activities of scientists and users, and exploring new patterns of distributed collaboration. He has several articles published in major peer-reviewed journals, including Information and Organization, and the Journal of the Association of Information Systems. He has a chapter in the 2008 MIT Press edited volume ‘Scientific Collaboration on the Internet’. He recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (JCSCW) on Cyberinfrastructure and eScience. He is currently editing a special issue on 'The Empirical and Conceptual in STS' for Science, Technology and Human Values (STH&V). As a member CCT, David teaches courses such as Infrastructure Studies and Introduction to Science and Technology Studies, and methodology courses on grounded theory and qualitative studies of technology. David grew up in Ottawa and Madrid. He has had six parakeets and they’ve all been called Budgie.

Matt Burton

Matt currently studies the relationship between the Digital Humanities and Scholarly communication. His research focuses upon digital informal scholarly communication, specifically scholarly blogs, and their relations to the digital humanities with regards to community formation, transformations in scholarship, and knowledge infrastructure. - See more at: http://www.si.umich.edu/people/matt-burton#sthash.A0qQlGb6.dpuf

Scout Calvert

Scout's past teaching work has spanned film and digital media, and science and technology studies. Her dissertation research looked to the insights of feminist epistemology, science and technology studies, and continental philosophy to investigate problems of library science classification and the production of knowledge and subjects in the library, through media like books and category systems. One of her current research inquires is about the role of archival documents, amateur family history, genealogical libraries, livestock breeding, DNA genealogy, and tissue research in our construction of the family and the human. An abiding concern with how knowledge is stored, accessed, and used in libraries, archives, and documents represents the continuity within her research interests. 

Workshop Participants

Margy AveryMIT Press

Jean-Francois Blanchette, University of California, Los Angeles

Finn Brunton, University of Michigan

David DeRoure, University of Oxford

Greg Downey, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Carole Goble, University of Manchester

Josh Greenberg, Sloan Foundation

James Howison, University of Texas, Austin

 

Hrönn Brynjarsdóttir Holmer, Cornell University

John King, University of Michigan

Carl Lagoze, University of Michigan

Sandy Payette, Cornell University

Daniela Rosner, University of Washington

Christian Sandvig, University of Michigan

 Phoebe Sengers, Cornell University

 

Katie Shilton, University of Maryland

Victoria Stodden, Columbia University

Janet Vertesi, Princeton University

Robin Williams, University of Edinburgh

Alex Wade, Microsoft Research

 

Highlights from the Workshop

Report Acknowledgements:

Jillian C. Wallis is responsible for the lovely design, type-setting and color-management of the PDF report. She is currently a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies Information Science Department as well as a researcher and systems designer for UCLA's Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, a multi-campus research center focused on developing embedded networked sensing systems for a variety of scientific applications. Her research addresses the data practices of CENS researchers, and developing systems for the effective distribution and us of sensor data. She graduated from UCLA with an MLIS in 2005, and will began working on her PhD in Information Studies in fall of 2008.  

Jake Fagan is responsible for the website design and cover illustration. He makes and designs things primarily in Washington, D.C and is supported in this project by his fellow business partners at WireUp DC. 

 

The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation (grant BCS-0827316). We also acknowledge the vital assistance of Melissa Chalmers, Matt Burton, and Todd Stuart in organizing workshop logistics.