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Temporalities of Sociotechnical Change in a Long-Lived System - October 26th, 2013

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Congratulations to LUCI’s newest Ph.D., Dr. Marisa Cohn. She just passed her final defense. With her thesis: “Lifetimes and Legacies: Temporalities of Sociotechnical Change in a Long-Lived System”

“In studying technological change, we often seek to understand the dynamics of how technologies and practice shape each other over time, examining sites of innovation, adaptation, and appropriation, of making and re-making systems anew. However less attention has been given to how formerly cutting-edge technologies become old, how people work alongside aging and obsolescent systems, or how organizations prepare for the end of a technology’s life cycle.

In this dissertation, I argue that this bias towards progressivist accounts of technological change obscures the lived temporal relations of systems work. I present research drawn from 9 months of ethnographic fieldwork with engineers at the Cassini mission to Saturn, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, CA. Having launched in 1997, the longevity of the mission means that their work takes place in the context of an aging spacecraft and increasingly obsolescent software infrastructure. As the mission is bound to complete in 2017, engineers are beginning to plan for and work towards the end of the mission and reflect on its origins and possible legacies.

Cassini thus offers a perspicuous case for understanding technological change. I examine how Cassini’s computational infrastructure mediates the work of translating across multiple temporal concerns — from multi-year science objectives to the run time of algorithms to the lifetimes and legacies of hardware and software tools. In doing so, I shift attention from understanding how technologies emerge in practice, to how people live with technological change over the duration of lived experience. I articulate a lens that reveals technological change not as a single phenomenon belonging to a totalized system (e.g., the organizational infrastructure, information ecology, or sociotechnical system) but rather as multiple modes or regimes among which people, and organizations, evaluate how technologies (ought to) develop over time.”

Committee: Paul Dourish (Chair), Kavita Philip, Melissa Mazmanian, Geof Bowker

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Posted: 10/26/13 12:07 am UTC by Add Your Comment
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LUCI is doing: Cultures and Politics of Science Cyberinfrastructure - May 11th, 2011

Cultures and Politics of Science Cyberinfrastructure

Cultures and Politics of Science Cyberinfrastructure

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Cultures & Politics of Science Cyberinfrastructure

In large-scale collaborations, we find ourselves among computational systems that work together, produce conflicts, or which sit side by side provoking comparison. This project seeks to analyze how actors navigate cyberinfrastructure as a plural, changing, interconnected set of relations in order to understand the politics of large-scale social-computational systems. Computational technologies comprise not only specific tools but also ways of accounting for work, institutions, and forms of participation. Through ethnographic study of a distributed planetary science mission, we are studying how people make sense of myriad computational systems, and manage a shifting socio-technical landscape through both personal and institutional practices of encoding, scripting, and narrating software legacies.

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Posted: 5/11/11 10:10 am UTC by Make the First Comment
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Storymixer – an audiovisual collaborative storytelling game - November 29th, 2006

An interdisciplinary group project of four students from the departments of Informatics and Arts, Computation and Engineering (Marisa Cohn, Silvia Lindtner, Jeff Ridenour, Luv Sharma) from the University of California, Irvine has been selected among a range of submissions for the final screening event of the “Games for 5 joysticks” at the TELIC Arts Exchange. The interactive artistic game will be screened on Friday, December 1, 2006 between 7 and 9pm at TELIC Arts Exchange in Chinatown, Los Angeles.

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Posted: 11/29/06 2:34 pm UTC by Make the First Comment
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