The Center for Knowledge Infrastructures is located in the UCLA Department of Information Studies and directed by Christine L. Borgman, Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies. We conduct research on scientific data practices and policy, scholarly communication, and socio-technical systems. We also mentor students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars in these areas. Our largest current project, titled If Data Sharing is the Answer, What is the Question?, is funded by the Digital Information Technology Program of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation #2015‐14001. This three-year project is studying data practices, policy, and infrastructure of four distributed scientific collaborations, exploring methods of data collection and management, innovations in scaling and workflows, and multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems. Also in progress is a study of the uses and users of digital data archives, conducted in cooperation with DANS, the Digital Archiving and Networked Services program in the Netherlands. Research in the Center also has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and gifts from Microsoft Research.

Center for Knowledge Infrastructures Team, Advisory Board, and guests (L-R):
Cheryl Thompson, Peter Darch, Christine Borgman, Josh Greenberg, Alex Szalay, Stuart Geiger, Michael Scroggins, Alyssa Goodman, Charlotte Cabasse-Mazel, Carl Kesselman, Marilyn Raphael, Milena Golshan, Irene Pasquetto, and George Djorgovski.
Photo by: Jennifer Arcand

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...

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