Title: Situated Innovations in e-Social Science
Authors: WESSELS BridgetteCRAGLIA Massimo
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC49368
ISBN: 0-415-99028-9
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC49368
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This chapter explores a user-led approach in the development of e-social science in which an interdisciplinary team integrated technological infrastructure, collaboration, and knowledge in the development of e-social science. E-social science refers to the "collaboration between computer scientists and social scientists to design and develop middleware in order to address social scientists' substantive research problems in new ways that recognize more fully the complexity of economic and social activities". In this chapter, ¿development¿ refers to the work done by researchers to adapt grid technologies to address an interdisciplinary social research problem. The e-social science pilot project discussed in this chapter addressed three main dimensions of e-social science: (1) identification of new social research foci, (2) adapting research processes, and (3) developing tools. The way in which these three dimensions of the project were integrated shows that the development of computer-mediated research using the grid ¿ when grounded in research practice ¿ can develop relevant and innovative tools for the social sciences
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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