Querying Collaboration in Data Analysis

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Okune, Angela and Adams, James. 2018. "Querying Collaboration in Data Analysis." In PhD Orals Document: Querying Analyses of Collaboration, created by Angela Okune and James Adams. PhD Orals Document. UC Irvine Anthropology. October.

Essay Metanarrative

This section foregrounds artifacts that have looked at collaboration as part of the data analysis phase.

The following description (drafted prior to reading the works) outlines how we were thinking about this particular research life cycle phase:

JA (July 2018):  In this section, we will be focusing on what George Marcus et al. (2017) have referred to as collaborative analytics. According to Marcus, the concept refers to two processes, the process that is most pertinent to this section is one where scholars come together to do concept work, initiating and developing new concepts through discussions of in their individual knowledges and experiences in the field.

This essay is part of a broader orals document querying collaborative formations. Works were categoried under one part of the “research life cycle” as a heuristic. Sub-essays within the orals doc can be accessed directly through the following links: Research Design (Artifacts | Analysis); Data Gathering and Production (Artifacts | Analysis); Data Analysis (Artifacts | Analysis); Artifact Production (Artifacts | Analysis); Dissemination (Artifacts | Analysis); Political Practice (Artifacts | Analysis).

Angela Okune's Orals Documents in Brief

This essay is part of three orals documents submitted by University of California, Irvine Anthropology doctoral student Angela Okune i n partial fulfillment of her requirements for advancement to candidacy. Within UCI Anthropology, the orals documents typically take the form of three documents...Read more
Cochrane, Logan, and Georgina Cundill. 2018. “Enabling Collaborative Synthesis in Multi-Partner Programmes.” Development in Practice 0 (0): 1–10.

AO: This 2018 article by Logan Cochrane and Georgina Cundill looks at collaboration in a multi-partner project on climate change and discusses ways to foster and improve these kinds of collaborative projects.Read more

Fleck, Ludwik, Thaddeus J. Trenn, Robert K. Merton, and Fred Bradley. Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact. Repr. 11. Aufl. Sociology of Science. Chicago [u.a]: Univ. of Chicago Press, 2008.

Ludwik Fleck uses cases studies in the history of biology and medical science to develop his conception of thought styles and thought collectives, arguing that all knowledge is relative to epistemic communities with historically specific manners of thinking and interacting.Read more

Star, Susan Leigh, and James R. Griesemer. “Institutional Ecology, `Translations’ and Boundary Objects: Amateurs and Professionals in Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 1907-39.” Social Studies of Science 19, no. 3 (August 1989): 387–420.

Abstract: Scientific work is heterogeneous, requiring many different actors and viewpoints. It also requires cooperation. The two create tension between divergent viewpoints and the need for generalizable findings. We present a model of how one group of actors managed this tension. It draws on...Read more

Fortun, Kim, Brian Callahan, Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn, Brad Fidler, Alison Kenner, Aalok Khandekar, Alli Morgan, Lindsay Poirier, and Mike Fortun. “Hosting the Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography.” HAU, March 4, 2018.

Abstract: This essay narrates a social, conceptual and technical history of the Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography (PECE, pronounced “peace”), a digital research environment designed to support new forms of collaboration among researchers across time and space, and new ways of...Read more

Collins, Harry, Robert Evans, and Mike Gorman. “Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 38, no. 4 (December 2007): 657–66.

Abstract: The phrase ‘trading zone’ is often used to denote any kind of interdisciplinary partnership in which two or more perspectives are combined
and a new, shared language develops. In this paper we distinguish between different types of trading zone by asking whether the
collaboration...Read more

Galison, Peter. Image and Logic: A Material Culture of Microphysics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

Peter Galison looks a the collaborative practices of microphysicists to develop his theory of "trading zones". Read more

Gorman, Michael E. “Levels of Expertise and Trading Zones: A Framework for Multidisciplinary Collaboration.” Social Studies of Science 32, no. 5–6 (December 2002): 933–38.

Michael Gorman discusses the utility of the concepts "boundary objects" and "trading zones" in the study of collaborations across differing levels of expertise.Read more

Leigh Star, Susan. “This Is Not a Boundary Object: Reflections on the Origin of a Concept.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 35, no. 5 (September 2010): 601–17.

Abstract: There are three components to boundary objects as outlined in the original 1989 article. Interpretive flexibility, the structure of informatic and work
process needs and arrangements, and, finally, the dynamic between illstructured
and more tailored uses of the objects. Much of...Read more