1. ESRC Genomics Network (archive)
  2. Gengage
  3. The Human Genre Project

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Matchmaking Mechanisms: Collaborative Arrangements in Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Jamie Lewis


October 2010

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Book chapters


Collaboration in the New Life Sciences







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  • In recent years the organisation and practice of collaboration in the life sciences has undergone radical transformations, owing to the advent of big science enterprises, newly developed data gathering and storage technologies, increasing levels of interdisciplinarity, and changing societal expectations for science. Collaboration in the New Life Sciences examines the causes and consequences of changing patterns of scientific collaboration in the life sciences. This book presents an understanding of how and why collaboration in the life sciences is changing and the effects of these changes on scientific knowledge, the work lives and experiences of scientists, social policy and society. Through a series of thematically arranged chapters, it considers the social, technical, and organizational facets of collaboration, addressing not only the rise of new forms of collaboration in the life sciences, but also examining recent developments in two broad research areas: ecology and environment, and the molecular life sciences. With an international team of experts presenting case studies and analyses drawn from the US, UK, Asia and Europe, Collaboration in the New Life Sciences will appeal not only to scholars and students of science and technology studies, but also to those interested in science and social policy, and the sociology of work and organisations.

  • Contents: Foreword, Edward J. Hackett; Part I Collaboration Arises: Collecting collaborations: understanding life together, Niki Vermeulen and Bart Penders; Organising the field: collaboration in the history of ecology and environmental science, Stephen Bocking; Multidisciplinary collaborations in toxicology and paleo-ecology: equal means to different ends, Laurens K. Hessels, Stefan de Jong and Harro van Lente. Part II Collaboration in Ecology and the Environment: Two approaches to big science: an analysis of LTER and NEON, Ann Zimmerman and Bonnie A. Nardi; Integrating the social into the ecological: organisational and research group challenges, John N. Parker; Infrastructuring ecology: challenges in achieving data sharing, Karen S. Baker and Florence Millerand; Customisation of transdisciplinary collaboration in the integrated management of contaminated sites, Vivien Behrens and Mattias Gross; A data bias in interdisciplinary cooperation in the sciences: ecology in climate change research, Chunglin Kwa and René Rector. Part III Collaboration in the Molecular Life Sciences: Matchmaking mechanisms: collaborative arrangements in proteomics and bioinformatics, Jamie Lewis; Systems biology, interdisciplinarity and disciplinary identity, Jane Calvert; The rice sequence collaborations: globalisation, innovation networks and the burgeoning life sciences in Asia, Lyndal Halliday. Part IV Collaboration in the New Life Sciences Revisited: Collaborationism, Wesley Shrum; Index.