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Lucy Pei and Hillary Abraham, from the Department of Informatics at UCI, undertook a design analysis and critique of PECE in 2020, and interviewed members of the PECE Design Team.They built a PECE essay to present some of their analyses, supplemented by excerpts from the interviews they did:
This essay is the first component of a multi-stage research project, reporting on findings from several interviews with founders of PECE -- those who envisioned, funded, and helped realize PECE from the very beginning. Lucy and Hillary detail what the founders hope(d) for PECE, and how these hopes speak to the user experience. They also offer several areas for further interrogation, as well as some intial ideas for re-design.
Carlson, R., Eggel, R., Franken, L, Thanner, S. & Vepřek, L. (2021). Approaching Code as Process. Prototyping Ethnographic Methodologies. In: Kuckuck. Notizen zur Alltagskultur 1/2021.
Fortun, K., Fortun, M., Okune, A., Schütz, T., Su, S.-Y. (2021). Civic Community Archiving with the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography: Double Binds and Design Challenges. HCI International 2021 Proceedings.
Fortun, K & Kenner, A.. (March 22, 2021). PECE Review: Energy Rights Project, 3.16.2021. Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 2 April 2021, accessed 8 July 2021.
Khandekar, A., Costelloe-Kuehn, B., Poirier, L., Morgan, A., Kenner, A., Fortun, K., & Fortun, M. (2021). Moving Ethnography: Infrastructuring Doubletakes and Switchbacks in Experimental Collaborative Methods. Science & Technology Studies.
Negi, R. & Srigyan, P. (2021). Atmosphere of Collaboration: Air Pollution Science, Politics, and Ecopreneurship in Delhi. Routledge India.
Poirier, L. (2021). Reading Datasets: Strategies for Interpreting the Politics of Data Signification. Big Data & Society.
At this year’s conference of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), one of the panels focused on open science in ethnography, with PECE at the core of the discussion. PECE Design Group member Lina Franken conducted a panel, working in close collaboration with colleagues from the German Specialized Information Service on Social and Cultural Anthropology (FID SKA).
The panel “Everything open for everyone? How Open Science is challenging and expanding ethnographic research practices” included a paper by PECE Design Group Member Tim Schütz on the ongoing collaborative project on Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Group and the role of civic data archives within. Lina Franken gave insights into her research on the ways ethnographers are opening up their research by using digital tools and platforms. The discussion on PECE circled around licencing and standards, as well as measures of long-term availability. But most centrally, it highlighted how PECE as a researchers-led and scholar-provided infrastructure has a different concept and perspective than other platforms and therefore is of great value for opening up ethnographic research practice.
Schütz, T., Kenner, A. and Fortun, M. “Infrastructures of Ethnographic Relation-making and Comparing – PECE, For Example.” Colloquium, Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment / Human Relations, Humboldt University Berlin, June 14, 2021.
Franken, L., Schütz, T. and Fortun, K. “Publishing Multimodal Ethnographic work in an Open-ended and Collaborative Way.” Workshop Multimodal Digital Publishing, German Association for Social and Cultural Anthropology (DGSKA), May 20, 2021.
Environmental Injustice (UC Irvine, Summer Session I, 2021),
Archiving for the Anthropocene (Goethe University Frankfurt, Summer Term 2021)
These courses use the Disaster STS Platform to provide reading material and publish case studies produced by students. See also this news article about the Environmental Injustice course.