IntroductionRuth McNally and Adrian Mackenzie deliver a public lecture at the e-Science Institute (e-SI)
Ruth McNally and Adrian Mackenzie recently delivered a public lecture at the e-Science Institute (e-SI) in Edinburgh. They presented findings from their research on Data Flows in Genomic and Environmental Science: Durability, Replicability, Metrology supported by an award of £30,000 from the e-SI.
The research is part of Mackenzie and McNally’s ongoing research on data and bio-IT convergence in the contemporary life sciences. The objective in this case was to enrich the notion of the ‘data deluge’ with a more nuanced ‘sociology’ of data, by comparing data flows in two highly contrasting data intensive sciences, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and environmental networked sensors (ENS).
Their fieldwork included running workshops as social science research instruments that created data, for example through collective annotation of data flow graphs and diagrams by the participants, who were involved in building data systems or closely involved with their design and use. For further details, please visit the Genomic and Environmental Science wiki page.
Additionally, a video of the lecture is now available on the e-SI website.