New Infrastructures for Knowledge Production: Understanding E-Science, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1591407192
  • ISBN-13: 9781591407195
  • DDC: 004.36
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 286 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released October 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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New Infrastructures for Knowledge Production: Understanding E-Science offers a distinctive understanding of new infrastructures for knowledge production based in science and technology studies. This field offers a unique potential to assess systematically the prospects for new modes of science enabled by information and communication technologies.

The authors use varied methodological approaches, reviewing the origins of initiatives to develop e-science infrastructures, exploring the diversity of the various solutions and the scientific cultures which use them, and assessing the prospects for wholesale change in scientific structures and practices. New Infrastructures for Knowledge Production contains practical advice for the design of appropriate technological solutions, and long range assessments of the prospects for change useful both to policy makers and those implementing institutional infrastructures. Readers interested in understanding contemporary science will gain a rich picture of the practices and the technologies that are shaping the knowledge production of the future.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
New Infrastructures for Knowledge Production: Understanding E-Science Table of Contents.
1: Framing New Infrastructures: What, Why, How, and for Whom?.
2: Virtual Witnessing in a Virtual Age: A Prospectus for Social Studies of E-Science.
3: Computerization Movements and Scientific Disciplines: The Reflexive Potential of New Technologies.
4: Imagining E-Science Beyond Computation.
5: Interest in Production: On the Configuration of Technology-Bearing Labors for Epistemic IT.
6: Communication, Disciplinarity, and Collaborative Practice.
7: Embedding Digital Infrastructure in Epistemic Culture.
8: Networks of Objects: Practical Preconditions for Electronic Communication.
9: Challenges for Research and Practice in Distributed, Interdisciplinary Collaboration.
10: Coordination and Control of Research Practice Across Scientific Fields: Implications for a Differentiated E-Science.
11: Prospects for Transformation.
12: Cyberinfrastructure for Next Generation Scholarly Publishing.
13: On Web Structure and Digital Knowledge Bases: Online and Offline Connections in Science.
14: From the "Analogue Divide" to the "Hybrid Divide": The Internet Does Not Ensure Equality of Access to Information in Science.
15: Gender Stratification and E-Science: Can the Internet Circumvent Patrifocality?.
About the Authors.