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Research Seminar: Steve Sawyer

Documents and the Doing of Science: Insights from an Ongoing Study of Distributed Scientific Practice

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Apr 24, 2013
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM


SILS Room 107

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Norman Su

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Talk by Professor Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University, 24th April, 6:00 pm, SILS Room 107

(Hosted by the UCD School of Information & Library Studies)


In this talk Professor Sawyer will present some early findings from a project focused on using documents and documenting practices to better understand distributed scientific work and the ways in which it is bound up in digital infrastructures. Building from a pilot study and follow-up interviews in which we focus on social –science collaborations, I will talk about particular forms of collaboration we see in our data, common documenting practices, and several patterns of digital infrastructures. Building from this I will then reflect on what this data says relative to the trends in science towards more larger projects that are more collaborative, more distributed, and more reliant on digital resources, digital tools, and digitally-mediated interactions.

Steve Sawyer is on the faculty of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and a research fellow at the Center for Technology and Information Policy. Steve’s research focuses on the sociotechnical relationships among changing forms of work and organization and their relationships to the uses of information and communication technologies. This research is pursued through detailed field-based studies of software developers, real estate agents, police officers, organizational technologists, scientists and other information-intensive work settings. Sawyer’s work is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation, IBM, and a number of other public and private sponsors. Prior to returning to Syracuse, Steve was a founding faculty member of the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. Steve earned his Doctorate in Business Administration from Boston University.