Dr. Borgman’s October Appointments at Harvard

Professor Christine Borgman will be participating in a fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for October 2018 with a joint appointment at the Harvard Data Science Initiative. During her CfA fellowship, Dr. Borgman plans to advance a decade-long study of astronomy data practices to ask questions about the durability and fragility of these infrastructures and the invisible work required to sustain access to data, tools, instruments, publications, documentation, and other infrastructure components. Lessons learned are expected to advance data stewardship in astronomy and other scientific domains.

Professor Borgman and Irene Pasquetto Podcast from The Cochrane Colloquium 2018

A conversation with Professor Christine Borgman and Ph.D. Candidate, Irene Pasquetto about their Cochrane Colloquium presentation “How and why do scientists reuse others’ data to produce new knowledge? Background, Foreground, and Beyond.” Within this podacast they discuss different types of data reuse, and the social, political, and technological challenges facing open science.

Professor Borgman and Irene Pasquetto present at the Cochrane Colloquium in Edinburgh

Professor Christine Borgman and our Ph.D. Candidate, Irene Pasquetto presented at the Cochrane Colloquium from September 15th through the 18th at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland. This annual event discusses research into important global health questions and promotes evidence-informed health care. Professor Christine Borgman and Irene Pasquetto discussed systematic reviews, data reuse, and ethics in biomedical research.

The CKI Annual Advisory Board Meeting 2018

On February 2, we hosted our Advisory Board Members, Sloan Program Director, and two guests from UC Berkeley for a full-day meeting and discussion at the UCLA Department of Information Studies. Many thanks to our guests for their contribution and counsel in the process of shaping our goals and planning documents for the next year....

Professor Borgman presents the 10th Annual Privacy Lecture organized by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Professor Christine Borgman will present the 10th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture on November 16, at 3:30 PM, the Faculty Club at UC Berkeley. In her talk titled Open Data, Trust, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier, she will discuss the clash between two policy trends in access to data. One trend is for researchers to provide open access to their data regarding grants and publications. The other trend is for universities to accumulate vast amounts of data about the activities of their communities in research, teaching, learning, services, and administration. The lecture will discuss these two trends, drawing on the pioneering work of the University of California in privacy and information security, data governance, and cyber risk. Professor Borgman will give a dress rehearsal presentation of the same talk on November 8 at 2 PM, Young Research Library Presentation room, UCLA. On November 17, Dr. Borgman will present the Information Access Seminar If Data Sharing is the Answer, What is the Question? at the Berkeley School of Information. The talk will present the latest research work of our Center for Knowledge Infrastructures within a project with the same title supported by Sloan Foundation.   Links to the upcoming presentations: Dress Rehearsal of Open Data, Trust, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier – Nov 8, 2 PM, YRL Presentation room (YRL 11348), UCLA The 10th Annual BCLT Privacy Lecture: Open Data, Trust, and Stewardship: Universities at the Privacy Frontier – Nov 16, 2017, 3:30 PM, the Faculty Club, Berkeley Information Access Seminar: If Data Sharing is the Answer, What is the Question? – Nov 17, 2017, 3:10 PM,...

Pasquetto and Randles present at 4S 2017 in Boston

Our PhD students Irene Pasquetto and Bernie Randles gave presentations on September 1 at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in Boston. The doctoral candidate Irene Pasquetto gave a presentation titled Decentralizing Climate Change Data While Preserving Scientific Value. The talk included Pasquetto’s analysis on the research practices of data management, curation, sharing and reuse in science. Our PhD student Bernie Randles presented her research work on the role of the algorithms in knowledge creation in computationally-intensive science domains. Her presentation Spacetime and code-time: Astronomical algorithms evolving through dimensions of temporality and materiality was part of the session Making Algorithms: Inscriptions, Benchmarks and Computers.   See the abstract of Decentralizing Climate Change Data While Preserving Scientific Value See the abstract of Spacetime and code-time: Astronomical algorithms evolving through dimensions of temporality and materiality...

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? 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 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

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.

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

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    ...