SIGCIS 2010 Workshop Dissertations in Progress
Name: Kevin Walsh
Institutional Affiliation:UC San Diego
Paper Type:Dissertation Proposal
Paper Title:Connecting Minds in a Multimedia Episteme: The Academic Supercomputer Centers and the Construction an Advanced Cognitive Infrastructure for the U.S. Research Community: 1983-1993
Paper Abstract:The work in progress is a dissertation. The chapter titles are listed below. The current state of the work has the first four chapters in draft stage.
The feedback I am seeking is how to tame the work to make it more cohesive, as well as suggestions on which chapters are good candidates for articles. I am also looking for pointers to other research in history of science and technology that are influenced by social epistemology and distributed cognition.
The overarching topic of the dissertation concerns the emergence of the U.S. Academic Supercomputer Centers, the generation of scientists who led the efforts, their response to the government's call to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness, while maintaining the university principles on academic freedom, the technology the Centers created, from high performance computing, networking, scientific visualization, large scale data management, to discipline specific collaboration tools. I argue the Centers created a cognitive infrastructure that augmented human capabilities in ways that have extended epistemic boundaries, and in so doing, the Centers changed scientific practice.
Chapter 1 – Weapons of Mass Computation and the Peace of Open Science