Special Issue « Knowledge Infrastructures – Part I »

The focus of this special issue is on Knowledge Infrastructures. We have witnessed important changes in research and knowledge production in recent decades associated with developments in information technologies and infrastructures. In some circles these changes are promoted as a transformative force enabling new forms of investigation, but they may also be perceived as buttressing existing forms of research. These developments aim to pull people together, supporting distributed collaboration or facilitating new joint activities and endeavors across domains, fields, institutions, and geographies. They potentially offer new opportunities for the sharing and connecting of information and resources–data, code, publications, computing power, laboratories, instruments, and major equipment. They often bring together a diversity of actors, organizations, and perspectives from, for instance, academia, industry, business, and general public. The social, material, technical, and political relations of research and knowledge production appear to be changing through digitalization of data, communication and collaboration, virtualization of research communities and networks, and infrastructuring of underlying systems, structures, and services. These emerging phenomena participate in ongoing transitions in the scholarly arena, and in society in general: traditional ways of doing research may be challenged and knowledge production may become more distributed and broader in participation. These phenomena have been cast under several labels such as big science, data-driven science, networked science, open science, Digital Humanities, and science 2.0. Other terms used are: e-Science, e-Social Science, e-Research, e-Infra-structure, and cyberinfrastructure.

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