STEPHANIE BETH STEINHARDT
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One of these days I'll actually design this site...
I am a PhD student in the Cornell University Department of Communication interested in understanding how the development of technology and large-scale collaborative infrastructure shapes the organization, governance and practice of science, with special interest in ocean science. I am excited by the many ways infrastructures impact or build new forms of knowledge, careers and culture. I am interested in the politics of new and emergent forms of scientific work and technology's role in work and policy; how changes in the technological landscape empower, constrain or fail to support stakeholders; and how economic, political and cultural factors provide perspective on technological changes. I am also interested in how bottom-up organization (ex: open data, open source, commons-based products) and local culture fit, complement or conflict with top-down institutional or national science policies and plans.
As a previous backend infrastructure developer for a large national company, I see technology development as a lens for understanding the role of institutions in technology policy, governance and planning; the effect of large-scale technology development on defining what it means to be a scientist and to build a career in science; the relationship of science technology funding to broader social and cultural trends; the ways in which science is organized around large-scale technological investments.
Projects to which I contribute broadly span the themes of collaboration and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), science & technology studies (STS), science policy, cyberinfrastructure and eScience, commons production and open source in science.