Good bones: Anthropological scientific collaboration around computed tomography data

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Andrea H. Tapia, Rosalie Ocker, Mary Beth Rosson, and Bridget Blodgett. 2011. Good bones: anthropological scientific collaboration around computed tomography data. In Proceedings of the 2011 iConference (iConference '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 402-409. DOI=10.1145/1940761.1940816



We report preliminary results from a socio-technical analysis of scientific collaboration, specifically a loosely connected group of physical anthropology researchers. Working from a combination of interview data and artifact analysis, we identify current barriers to the scientists' collaboration as it relates to a valuable but scarce resource, a high-resolution computer tomography scanner. We analyze a two-layer structure of the collaboration, one that is loosely coupled through shared scanner access and use; and one that is tightly coupled through shared creative development of research questions, data analysis and interpretation. We conclude with implications for enhancements to the sociotechnical context and supporting infrastructure.