The idea of instantly and efficiently sharing data amongst scientists has been promoted by Lab Management Apps (LMAs). These apps promise to recreate an idealisedface-to-facecommunity of interaction,allowing(1) moreefficient communication, and(2) virtual extension ofthe community.Against the background of this idealised image of knowledge sharing, I present ethnographic research that examines how lab members perform careful community management, to maintain the specific image of community defined by the LMA. Lab members allowed non-scientists to contribute to theirresearchnetworkbut not to jointhe imagined/imposed community. I argue thatthe politics of exclusion must be questionedin such cases.Writing an app for an imagined scientific community requires processes of in/exclusion to be codified, which can be disruptive to the community. At the same time, this can be a critically productive process that makes visible inequities that have otherwise been ideologically suppressed.
|Published - Jan 2016
|MECCSA Annual Conference 2016 - Canterbury Christchurch University, Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jan 2016 → 10 Jul 2019
|MECCSA Annual Conference 2016
|4/01/16 → 10/07/19
- lab apps