Network Science, “Invisible” Information Managers in the Production of a Scientific Database

Millerand, Florence (2012). « Network Science, “Invisible” Information Managers in the Production of a Scientific Database ». Revue d'anthropologie des connaissances, 6(1), pp. 163-190.

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Contemporary network-based technological developments in the sciences draw attention to new forms of work, or even new categories of workers. Based on an ethnographic study of an American ecological research network, this paper focuses on the work of information managers, the “invisible technicians” who are in charge of managing scientific data in laboratories. The paper shows how the development of a large-scale database project goes hand in hand with processes of establishing different degrees of visibility for information managers and their work, It discusses issues related to the invisibility of data documentation work, particularly this invisibility’s impact on scientific knowledge processes. The invisibility of information managers appears to be related to a fundamental aspect of their work, « articulation work », characterized by activities of bricolage, translation and deletion. The invisible work of data management and documentation is that of endlessly redoing and reinventing.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Informations complémentaires: Texte original: Millerand Florence, 2012. La science en réseau, Les gestionnaires d'information ‘invisibles’ dans la production d'une base de données scientifiques. Revue d'anthropologie des connaissances 6(1):163-190. DOI : 10.3917/rac.015.0201. Translation by Daniel Brant. Translation review by Karen Baker.
Mots-clés ou Sujets: invisible work, invisible technician, information manager, metadata, standard, infrastructure
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté de communication > Département de communication sociale et publique
Déposé par: Florence Millerand
Date de dépôt: 18 juill. 2019 12:23
Dernière modification: 18 juill. 2019 12:23
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