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Unexpected ways of knowledge production. Spaces for co-creation in Research Infrastructures. 
Francesca Morselli (TU Delft)
Andrea Scharnhorst (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Daria Jadreškić (University of Klagenfurt)
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Short Abstract:

Research Infrastructures (RI) are investigated both from the perspective of research policy and in their socio-technical nature. This panel focuses on a community-centered perspective of RI by focusing on case studies where communities are not only users but also co-creators of knowledge.

Long Abstract:

Research Infrastructures (RI) are the object of scholarly investigation both from the perspective of research policy and in their socio-technical nature (Papon, 2004; Kaltenbrunner, 2015; Moskovko, Astvaldsson, and Hallonsten, 2019; Cramer et al. 2020).

This panel focuses on one of the Research Infrastructures’ components: their research communities. We depart from the assumptions that, given the differences of Research Infrastructures (Hallonsten, 2020), consequently, also the research communities participating in the RIs experience different engagement forms.

In this panel, we emphasize the perspective of research communities as creators of Research Infrastructures, both as users and prosumers. At the same time, we find it interesting to shed light on possible tensions that may emerge between the structure governance model of the Research Infrastructures and the more informal model of bottom-up research communities.

The idea for this panel emerged by recent findings on the specific nature of the DARIAH Working groups (, the stakeholders involved in them, and the nature of collaboration which can be observed inside of RIs.

The central questions we would like to answer are:

1. How are communities of researchers involved (or organized) in Research Infrastructures?

2. In particular we are interested in forms of engagement in which communities become co-creators of research outputs - and ultimately knowledge creation - in Research Infrastructure.

3. How does the engagement of research communities influence the creation of new scientific knowledge within Research Infrastructures?

We ask for contributions that will shed light on 1. how research communities and Research Infrastructures (including, but not restricting to the ERICs) co-create knowledge, 2. which governance models they enact, and 3. which tensions (organisational, epistemics, social) originate from such co-creation undertaking.

Accepted papers:

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