UCLA Post-Doctoral Research Position to Study Data and Software Practices in Science

One-year appointment beginning October 1, 2017, with possibility for renewal to summer 2019. Posted June 14, 2017; review of applications begins July 15, 2017; submission deadline is July 30, 2017. The UCLA Center for Knowledge Infrastructures seeks a postdoctoral researcher to join our research project (2015-2019), If Data Sharing is the Answer, What is the Question? https://knowledgeinfrastructures.gseis.ucla.edu. We are conducting interview, ethnographic, and document studies of scientific data practices such as data collection, analysis, management, sharing, and reuse in astronomy, earth sciences, and health sciences. This project is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Program in Digital Information Technology https://sloan.org/programs/digital-technology. The postdoctoral researcher will participate in our team project to develop a new research theme on the interdependencies of data and software in scientific practices, and the resulting challenges for data reuse, stewardship, and sustainability. The researcher will collect new data, mine a 15-year trove of data for comparative analyses, and participate actively in the collaboration, including the design, conduct, and analysis of interviews, document analysis, ethnographic fieldwork, and writing for publication. The postdoctoral researcher will gain experience in collaborative research, research project organization, and digital data research practices. The project is based at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and residence nearby is required for the duration of the postdoctoral research appointment. Some travel is required for research and conferences. Required background includes completion of the PhD; social science research experience in conducting interviews, document analysis, or ethnography; strong writing skills, research experience studying any of the physical sciences or life sciences; and substantial knowledge of scholarly communication, practice, and policy in data-driven research. Preferred...
Dr. Borgman presents at the UCLA Astrophysics Journal Club

Dr. Borgman presents at the UCLA Astrophysics Journal Club

On March 7, Professor Christine Borgman presented our latest paper to faculty and students at the Astrophysics Journal Club. The paper, The Durability and Fragility of Knowledge Infrastructures: Lessons Learned from Astronomy, is a result of a continuous study of knowledge infrastructures in astronomy. Presented paper: Borgman, C. L., Darch, P. T., Sands, A. E., & Golshan, M. S. (2016). The durability and fragility of knowledge infrastructures: Lessons learned from astronomy. In Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology (Vol. 53, pp. 1–10). ASIS&T. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2016.14505301057...
Professor Borgman participates in a Digital Humanities panel at the GSE&IS InterActions Symposium on Big Data

Professor Borgman participates in a Digital Humanities panel at the GSE&IS InterActions Symposium on Big Data

Dr. Christine Borgman took part in the final panel of the Symposium on Big Data organized by InterActions, the UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies. The panel Making, Curating and Engaging Data also served as a UCLA Digital Humanities Seminar. Professor Borgman presented the challenges around data curation in science. The symposium took place on March 3, 2017 at the GSE&IS building.   GSE&IS InterActions Symposium on Big Data...
Golshan presents a case study of DANS at KnoweScape 2017

Golshan presents a case study of DANS at KnoweScape 2017

On February 22, the CKI data scientist Milena Golshan presented at KnoweScape 2017 a keynote about our case study of the Data Archiving and Networking Services of the Netherlands (DANS). As part of our research work on DANS, we analyze the uses, users, policy, and practice of digital data archiving based on highly-distributed data collection, and the implications for data sharing and reuse. The last KnoweScape conference took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, February 22-24, 2017.   CKI presentation on the case study of DANS KnoweScape 2017: Program    ...
Teach-in & Workshop: Protecting Climate Data, Jan. 20, GSEIS, UCLA

Teach-in & Workshop: Protecting Climate Data, Jan. 20, GSEIS, UCLA

The Center for Knowledge Infrastructures co-organize and co-sponsor with the UCLA Department of Information Studies a Teach-in & Workshop event to sustain access to essential data on climate change. Date: 9am-3pm, January 20, 2017 Location: Dept. of Information Studies, GSEIS Room 111, UCLA Information and RSVP: http://www.climatedataprotection.net/ The workshop includes a morning teach-in about the political vulnerabilities of scientific data and afternoon break-out groups to make creative and concrete interventions in data protection. The UCLA workshop follows on activities to rescue government data begun at the University of Toronto, the Internet Archive, and the University of Pennsylvania. These constituents have come together to archive important science and climate data. The UCLA Department of Information Studies’ activities draws upon our expertise in data and information sciences, and archival practice. Activities for Teach-in: Learn about data policy and politics Basic issues of identifying datasets at risk Basic principles for targeting and saving specific data sets. Basic guidelines on “how to save your data” Methods of visualizing the broad ecosystem of climate data Skills needed: We need all kinds! People who can identify climate data sets that could be vulnerable to loss or neglect People with knowledge of government websites and databases People with a knowledge of research pertaining to climate science People with library and archive skills People interested in mapping small datasets or inaccessible climate data Hackers who can extract and duplicate data and URLs from...