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Data-intensive Collaboration: Creating Cyberinfrastructure for Metagenomics

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14:00:00 - 15:30:00,
Monday 24 September, 2012


Science and engineering are facing huge increases in data volumes and shifts toward larger and more interdisciplinary collaborations. New organizations and technologies are being developed to support data-intensive collaborative work. These “cyberinfrastructures” (as they are known in the United States) not only support new kinds of collaboration, but are collaborative accomplishments in their own right. This talk presents a study of the development of large database-driven infrastructures to support metagenomics, a new scientific field that uses genetic techniques to study microorganisms and their environments. I will discuss how in this field, the database functions as a particular class of boundary object that supports ongoing negotiation of scientific values and meanings.

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  • Name: Matthew Bietz
  • Affiliation: Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences University of
    California, Irvine
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