E-infrastructures for research collaboration: The case of the social sciences and humanities

Matthias Korn, Marén Schorch, Volkmar Pipek, Matthew Bietz, Carsten Østerlund, Rob Procter, David Ribes, Robin Williams

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Abstract

Collaborative research practices are a highly interesting domain for CSCW. So far, CSCW has mainly focused on computation- and/or data-intensive research endeavors. Here, resources are typically pooled via common e-infrastructures for data access and processing, a set-up requiring additional layers of coordination. Such a focus largely foregrounds the sciences and other fields that rely on highly structured (or structure-able) data and the routinized processes of analysis. In contrast, in this one-day workshop we discuss the conditions and challenges characteristic of research collaboration in the qualitative social sciences and humanities (SSH). In particular, we examine the sociotechnical infrastructures that enable and support research practices that - in comparison with the collaborative paradigm of the natural sciences - tend to be less structured, compartmentalized, and routinized, but more fluid, flexible, and open-ended. The workshop seeks to collect empirical insights and design experiences, preparing the grounds for a comprehensive understanding of the role of einfrastructures for collaborative research practices in SSH.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCW 2017 - Companion of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages415-420
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346887
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2017
Event2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2017 - Portland, United States
Duration: 25 Feb 20171 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameCSCW 2017 - Companion of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing

Conference

Conference2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPortland
Period25/02/171/03/17

Keywords

  • cyberinfrastructure
  • e-infrastructure
  • e-research
  • humanities
  • infrastructuring
  • qualitative research
  • social sciences

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