ASIST2010: Virtual Organizations as Sociotechnical Systems (VOSS)

Oct 26 2010 Published by under Conferences, STS

This is an NSF Program. These are people who are funded by this program but have very different projects and approaches.

Florida State – Gary Burnett – spoke to how happy they were to see this call, because it requires a multidisciplinary approach.

The program is not for infrastructure development but social sciences on how science works as a distributed sociotechnical system. Virtual organizations may be distributed geographically but are (connected?) by cyberinfrastructure…

Kevin Crowston – Syracuse

(with Andrea Wiggins) They’re looking at citizen science. Showing science cheerleader’s site. Examples of these are ebird, galaxy zoo, etc. Two year project with the first year concentrated on classification. What types of citizen science are there? What are the work processes like, how is the work divided… main theoretical is the model from open source software which draws on literature of small group interactions – mostly online though so some modifications. Also looking at how computers support the work. They have a workshop coming up with organizers to talk about what’s needed and what works. For doing an ethnography, there’s no there, particularly in the case with the participants. They are doing interviews with organizers and will do some with participants, some participant observation (team member is a member of these citizen science projects), will do a survey later.

Besiki Stvilia – Florida State Life-cycle formation and long-term scientific collaboration

teams transition to discrete experiment-based to long term collaborations. [they had a poster last night that looked at if diversity on teams make them more productive – found some support for disciplinary diversity increasing productivity]. They have analyzed documents and did some bibliometrics on co-authorship as well as team membership.

Book of Burnett and Maryland’s Paul Jaeger on information worlds – used that as a theoretical lens.

MaryBeth …. (not the person on the program)

Around a high resolution CT machine that’s in the physical anthropology dept. People from there, a cog sci, a sociologist, a MIS (small groups, innovation)… Has been some ethnography, some semi-structured interviews, some video tapes. Looking at center for quantitative imaging – scanning, visualization, other services. Tightly-coupled research projects that come and go – these are also distributed. Using analytic induction – taking high level codes from the collaboratory literature and then emergent codes. Not just cmc type info, but who owns the data from skulls housed at the museum. What is the lifetime of these rights. They are also prototyping systems that will help management and coordination.

Rolf Wigang (not present)

using multiplayer games as a platform, looking at how trust and leadership develop

GB – information worlds – information values, might come from different information worlds but dealing with the same objects may value differently.

KF – power totem – ethnographic lab studies.. difference in studying up… gate keepers are the informants – might require review…

they really aren’t having these issues bcs in at least two of the projects head of the science lab is involved and supportive. For citizen science – not really. Public collecting data – who gets to see it. How can you get the public to interact with the data. If the goal of the project is to make a change – its science based but can be community driven.

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