• Exploring important ways in which infrastructures adapt to
    changing scientific and social knowledge, and how such knowledge
    changes the way the object of study is understood. Learn More

Ecology of AIDS Research Infrastructure

The primary researcher on this project is David Ribes, an associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington. He is a sociologist of science and technology who focuses on the development and sustainability of research infrastructures (i.e., networked information technologies for the support of interdisciplinary science); their relation to long-term changes in the conduct of science; and, epistemic transformations in objects of research. David has a degree in Sociology, and is regular contributor to the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). His methods are ethnographic, archival-historical and comparative. See davidribes.com for more.

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Project Publications

Notes on the Concept of Data Interoperability: Cases from an Ecology of AIDS Research Infrastructures (2017)

Ribes, D.

Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. 2017, ACM: Portland, Oregon, USA. p. 1514-1526.
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Organizing for Ontological Change: The Kernel of a Research Infrastructure (2015)

Ribes D and Polk JB

Social Studies of Science 45(2): 214-241.
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Flexibility relative to what? Change to Research Infrastructure (2014)

Ribes D and Polk JB.

Special Issue of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems (JAIS) on Innovation in Information Infrastructures 15: 287-305.
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The Kernel of a Research Infrastructure (2014)

Ribes, D.

Proceedings of the 2014 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). ACM, 574-587.
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Historical Ontology and Infrastructure (2012)

Ribes, D. and J. B. Polk

Proceedings of the 2012 iConference. Toronto, CA, ACM: 252-264.
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