Addressing ownership, access and participation needs in scientific collaboration

Mary Beth Rosson, Na Li, Timothy Ryan, Andrea H. Tapia

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In this paper we discuss the initial phases of design work that we have carried out to support the collaboration of physical anthropologists who use High-Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) data as a key element in their research. Drawing from sociotechnical analyses reported in earlier papers, we highlight design issues that are of particular relevance to the tasks of scanning and sharing HRCT data - balancing the costs and benefits experienced by the stakeholders who create and share the digital files, and addressing pervasive issues of data ownership and control. We describe the evolutionary approach to technology design that we are pursuing, summarize how we have addressed these key design issues, report feedback from system users, and discuss lessons learned - for both the continuing development of our system and scientific collaboration systems more generally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 iConference
Subtitle of host publicationCulture, Design, Society, iConference 2012
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450307826
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 iConference: Culture, Design, Society, iConference 2012 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Feb 7 2012Feb 10 2012

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other2012 iConference: Culture, Design, Society, iConference 2012
CityToronto, ON

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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