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Oxford e-Social Science Project. e-Science: The view from the social sciences. Jenny Fry and Ralph Schroeder Oxford Internet Institute. How can social science best support research with novel technologies?. Non-technological barriers to e-science e.g.

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E science the view from the social sciences

Oxford e-Social Science Project

e-Science: The view from the social sciences

Jenny Fry and Ralph Schroeder

Oxford Internet Institute


How can social science best support research with novel technologies
How can social science best support research with novel technologies?

  • Non-technological barriers to e-science e.g.

    • Trust in distributed collaboration, data provenance, access and ownership of data, confidentiality and privacy in social data, social protocols around technical standards and interoperability.

  • Dual complexity: diversity of domain-specific disciplinary expertise required in developing solutions on one hand, and heterogeneity of research practices being supported by e-science on the other



Examples of some earlier approaches
Examples of some earlier approaches illustrative concerns)

  • Advocacy (steering and aligning structures)…

    • David and Spence’s project-based typology

  • Critique (reflexive/prospective)…

    • Wouters and Beaulieu computation-centric e-science based on disciplinary analysis

  • Others?…


Social and technical organization of e sciences dimensions and factors
Social and technical organization of e-Sciences: dimensions and factors

  • Differences in degrees of interdependency and uncertainty across disciplines, as applied to…

    …is technology development a driver?

    …what is the balance between computer science and disciplines being enhanced?

    …disciplinary organization?

    …how closely or loosely coupled are collaborations?



Different levels of issue based analysis
Different levels of issue based analysis and factors

  • Issues at the macro- or policy level

  • Issues at the systems and networks level

  • Specific issues which apply to particular scientific domains or cut across domains

  • Issues pertaining to specific projects or cases

  • Individual or isolable issues within projects


Summary
Summary and factors

  • Non-technological challenges to appropriation

  • Mapping current social approaches to e-(social) science

  • Variation in mutual dependences and technical uncertainty across disciplines

  • Different levels of analysis

  • Can analyses of levels, typologies and social science be brought to bear on one another?


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