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  1. 1. New sites of knowledge production: examining expertise in heterogeneous networks Sarah de Rijcke, Anne Beaulieu, and Bas van Heur Participating in a mediated world Platform for Communication, Media, and Information Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science 27 November 2009, Trippenhuis ,Amsterdam
  2. 2. Virtual Knowledge Studio <ul><li>KNAW institute, started in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>3 locations: Amsterdam, University of Maastricht and Erasmus U. Rotterdam </li></ul><ul><li>Mission is to study and support changes in scholarly practices and to reflect on e-research </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-disciplinary: science and tech. studies, history, sociology, communication </li></ul>
  3. 3. Paper based on 2 projects <ul><li>Bas van Heur </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Knowledge Studio, Maastricht </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah de Rijcke & </li></ul><ul><li>Anne Beaulieu </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Knowledge Studio, Amsterdam </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Biography of Maastricht </li></ul><ul><li>Network Realism: </li></ul><ul><li>making knowledge from images in digital infrastructures </li></ul>
  4. 4. New sites of knowledge production <ul><li>New sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User-generated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networked environments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Practices around three sites, where web-based platforms are important </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise and authority are important aspects of knowledge production </li></ul>
  5. 5. Research question <ul><li>Taking into account pre-existing institutional and infrastructural elements, c an we see changes in the way knowledge is produced? </li></ul><ul><li>which (new) forms of authority and expertise are enacted in the use of these platforms? </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3 aspects of expertise <ul><li>Who is an expert? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>authorising actors, recognising expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is valid data or a valid source? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>authorising empirical encounters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can knowledge claims be made? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Validation, authorising kinds of knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Authorizing actors <ul><li>Database shapes roles within museum </li></ul><ul><li>Institutional hierarchy inscribed in implementation TMS </li></ul><ul><li>Other projects change roles of actors around collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>who is authorised to speak on behalf of the collection? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. conclusion <ul><li>The web doesn’t change everything: Tension between reproduction and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Possible to see some changes: importance of empirical study </li></ul><ul><li>Changes are not uniform: variety of configurations </li></ul>
  9. 9. Thank you! <ul><li>Full chapter forthcoming in book Virtual Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter account: sarahvks </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>