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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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1.1 The Long Now of Cyberinfrastructure

1.1 The Long Now of Cyberinfrastructure

(p.40) 1.1 The Long Now of Cyberinfrastructure
World Wide Research

Geoffrey C. Bowker

Paul N. Edwards

Steven J. Jackson

Cory P. Knobel

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In advanced industrialized countries, academic scientists and funding agencies have been trying to develop new forms of “e-science” or “cyberinfrastructure,” the set of organizational practices, technical infrastructures, and social norms that collectively enable the smooth operation of scientific work at a distance. In contrast, historians and social scientists have focused on other kinds of infrastructure such as the Internet, telephony, railroads, highways, waterworks, and business communication systems. This chapter examines shared patterns, processes, and lessons learned from research on cyberinfrastructures, with an emphasis on the social processes shaping technologies and their implications. It first considers the “long now” of scientific information infrastructures before discussing the organizational, technical, and social dimensions of cyberinfrastructures.

Keywords:   cyberinfrastructures, e-science, long now, technologies, information infrastructures, organizational practices, technical infrastructures, social norms

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