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PECE Updates, January 2021

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PECE Updates

1. Design Updates

Redesigning PECE: Founder Interviews

2. Project Updates

  • Oral Histories of K-12 Governance and Care
  • Energy in COVID-19 Working Group

3. Presentations

SIEF 2021

5. Connections and Communications 

4. Administrator News

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Lucy Pei and Hillary Abraham have shared their PECE Design Group interviews, along with the beginning of their design analysis and critique: 

Redesigning PECE - Founder Interviews

This essay is the first component of a multi-stage research project, we reporting on findings from several interviews with founders of PECE; those who envisioned, funded, and manifested 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 design ideas.

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PECE Project Update 1.2021: COVID Care in K-12 Schools

Nadine Tanio and Fred Ariel Hernandez are conducting an ongoing study of K-12 school governance in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California during COVID-19 (see our their in progress here). 

Preliminary findings point to schools employing multiple approaches when utilizing and engaging remote learning technology that in turn support different models of teaching. For instance, some school administrations more explicitly prioritized social and emotional learning via technology in elementary school (kindergarten to fifth or sixth grade) than in middle or high school. There are also differences between public and independent school sites in the flexibility of adjusting approaches during the school term.

In addition, their work reveals how public schools during the pandemic are resources for the Commons that extend beyond K-12 education. For instance, many school sites in the San Gabriel Valley have become distribution centers for food insecure people. There have also been proposals to use closed public schools as sites for creating temporary shelters for the housing insecure. Many other campuses are being proposed as community COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Ariel and Nadine are inviting all PECE colleagues, regardless of geographic/national location, to contribute to this study by sharing their stories and anecdotal experiences with K-12 remote learning as teachers, parents/caregivers, students, and family during the pandemic. Please contact either Ariel ([email protected]) or Nadine ([email protected]). You can also add an annotation to their essay.

Residential Energy Consumption

Residential Energy Consumption

The Energy Rights Project has completed data analysis from surveys conducted in May and June 2020. We are now preparing an article for Energy Research and Social Science that reimagines the terms of ‘energy literacy’.

As part of this work, we have curated a series titled Engaging Energy that narrate participants’ responses to our survey questions. The accounts documented in the Engaging Energy series are not analyzed, but present in relatively raw terms what participants' said about their relationships to their homes, energy use, and COVID-19, as well as their knowledge and perspectives on energy systems in society. You can read Rae’s account here as an example. Please email Ali Kenner ([email protected]) for access to the full collection. 

The Energy in COVID-19 working group has also published two additional media briefs, for November and December 2020. The image to the left is taken from a study on U.S. residential energy consumption and was included in their November media brief.

PECE at SIEF2021

For the next conference of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF), PECE Design Group member Lina Franken will conduct a panel on Open Access in Ethnography, 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” will also include 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 will give insights into her research on the ways ethnographers are opening up their research by using digital tools and platforms.

The panel will take place online within the SIEF2021, “Breaking the Rules: Power, Participation, Transgression”, 19-24 June 2021.

More information can be found here.

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Wondering where to find answers to PECE questions? Check out our PECE User/Admin Documentation!

Want to stay connected with other PECE users? Join our Slack Channel!

Want to install your own instance of PECE? Check out our Github repository!

PECE Instance Administrator News

The latest release of PECE is 1.32 If you need help updating, please contact Brian Callahan or Renato Vasconcellos Gomes.

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The Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography (PECE: pronounced “peace”) is an open source (Drupal-based) digital platform that supports multi-sited, cross-scale ethnographic and historical research. The platform links researchers in new ways, enables new kinds of analyses and data visualization, and activates researchers’ engagement with public problems and diverse audiences. PECE is at the center of a research project that explores how digital infrastructure can be designed to support collaborative hermeneutics.

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