School of Information Sciences

Digital Libraries Colloquium Series

Sponsored by the School of Computer Science-Carnegie Mellon University, the School of Information Sciences-University of Pittsburgh, the University Library System-University of Pittsburgh, the University Libraries-Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Geoffrey C. Bowker

Professor and Senior Scholar in Cyberscholarship, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, October 15, 2009
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Room 501, IS Building, 135 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh

Is Cyberinfrastructure changing the nature of scholarship?

Abstract: In this talk, we will look briefly at the history of the relationship between knowledge production and information infrastructure, and then turn to the promise and perils attending the new cyberinfrastructures that are being built.  Drawing largely on examples from scientific cyberinfrastructure, I argue that there are indeed great possibilities but also maintain first that much current work can be well captured by what Lev Manovich calls the 'epoch of the database' - the past two hundred years; and that we are still in the early stages of learning to think with the new technology.


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