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  • 1. Creating New Spaces for Science Presentation to GRST09 Felicia M. Sullivan March 5, 2009
  • 2. What kind of new spaces?
    • Informed by the radical science of the 1960s and 70s:
      • address issues of power
      • understand that science is not neutral
      • critique science contexts (social, political, and psychological)
  • 3. What kind of new spaces?
    • Also informed by critiques of STS and feminist epistemologies of science:
      • bridge between theory and practice
      • connect academic researchers and communities (especially communities that are poor, marginalized and oppressed by the dominant culture)
      • allows knowledge to be driven and informed by the experiences of these communities
  • 4. A Couple of Questions
    • Can these new spaces for science be created within the context of capitalism?
    • Can we learn from past examples?
  • 5. An Example
    • How did the ARPAnet . . . .
  • 6. An Example
    • . . . become the Internet?
  • 7. An Example
    • How did a technology of the Cold War military industrial complex . . . .
  • 8. An Example
    • . . . become a global interconnected network serving a diverse world population?
  • 9. An Example
    • How did a technology designed to withstand a thermonuclear attack . . . .
  • 10. An Example
    • . . . become a tool for a plethora of creative and productive activities?
  • 11. Design played a role . . .
    • Open
    • Decentralized
    • Connected
  • 12. . . . . amplified by . . .
    • Usability
    • Cost
    • Knowledge
  • 13. . . . which allowed . . . .
    • For new objectivities (Harding, 1991) to culturally reconstruct (Hess, 1995) the technology and its uses.
  • 14. New spaces for science should …
    • make the vast knowledge capacities of scientific communities available to all.
  • 15. New spaces for science should …
    • provide access to the tools, materials, and techniques of science to more people and communities.
  • 16. New spaces for science should …
    • build up the capacities of local communities to engage in their own scientific research.
  • 17. New spaces for science should …
    • create networking opportunities between scientists and non-scientists.
  • 18. Some examples
    • Living Knowledge: The International Science Shop Network - http:// www.scienceshops.org /
    • Directory of Open Access Journals - http:// www.doaj.org /
    • Open Courseware Consortium - http:// www.ocwconsortium.org /
    • Open Science Notebook - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Notebook_Science
    • SciBarCamp - http:// www.scibarcamp.org /
    • Open Data Consortium - http:// www.opendatacommons.org /