Tag Archives: science studies

Roadmapping a disruptive technology: A case study: The emerging microsystems and top-down nanosystems industry

Abstract If technological roadmapping is important in the process of rapid technology commercialization, and if a method tailored to roadmapping nascent disruptive technologies does not exist, and if these very same disruptive technologies portend to be the future economic engines for firms, countries, and regions, then there is cause for concern. This article seeks to [...]

Assessing socially disruptive technological change

Abstract The co-evolution of society and potentially disruptive technologies makes decision guidance on such technologies difficult. Four basic principles are proposed for such decision guidance. None of the currently available methods satisfies these principles, but some of them contain useful methodological elements that should be integrated in a more satisfactory methodology. The outlines of such [...]

MACOSPOL (Mapping Controversies on Science for Politics)

Abstract In modern societies, collective life is assembled through the superposition of scientific and technical controversies. The inequities of growth, the ecological crisis, the bioethical dilemma and all other major contemporary issues occur today as tangles of humans and non-humans actors, politics and science, morality and technology. Because of this growing hybridization complexity, getting involved [...]

The Human Infrastructure of Cyberinfrastructure

Abstract Despite their rapid proliferation, there has been little examination of the coordination and social practices of cyberinfrastructure projects. We use the notion of “human infrastructure” to explore how human and organizational arrangements share properties with technological infrastructures. We conducted an 18-month ethnographic study of a large-scale distributed biomedical cyberinfrastructure project and discovered that human [...]

Awash in Stardust: Data Practices in Astronomy

Abstract One of several major research initiatives into the grand challenge of data curation, the Data Conservancy (DC)…is investigating data use, sharing, and preservation in multiple fields of science. Our group at the University of California, Los Angeles is conducting a deep case study of astronomy and astrophysics…This poster will summarize findings from the first [...]