Studying Open Science practices from STS perspectives is the focus of this track. We are inviting participants dealing with socio-technical dimensions of openness in sciences in general and Open Access, Open Research Data, Open Methods, Open Education, Open Evaluation, and Citizen Science in particular.
Open Science (OS) is currently regarded as the next ‘big thing’ in European science policy and elsewhere. It is defined as science that is transparent, accountable, and shareable, involving the participation of (all) relevant stakeholders in the scientific process. In practice, tensions are emerging in how OS is enacted by scientific communities, science policy organisations, funding bodies, the publishing industry, and science-related institutions, with diverse uptakes of commons, knowledge sharing, democratisation of technology, participatory design, hacking etc. This stream invites STS scholars to explore OS from an STS perspective and to discuss what STS can bring into the broader discussion of OS, e.g. by studying institutionalizations of OS, appropriations of OS within prevailing traditional images of science, or how OS is co-shaped by negotiation processes promoted by different stakeholders.
Central questions include but are not limited to:
- Socio-political dimensions of OS: values, ideologies, and hegemonies in historical and contemporary OS discourses; relations between OS and neoliberalism, performance cultures, and science – industry relationships
- Socio-technical dimensions of OS: infrastructures, institutions, norms, standards, materials, exploitations.
- Epistemological politics in OS: OS and the production, circulation and evaluation of knowledge; incorporation of OS in science education and training
- Open Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA): extending open media (open labs, open notebooks, open learning, open data) to research, educational and dissemination practices in SSHA;
- OS and governance: Open Access and data sharing policies and practices
- OS implications: reproducibility of research; peer production; Responsible Research and Innovation; Research Ethics.
- Open STS: opening up STS practices in research, education and political engagement
The track will be organized as open space including short lightning talks, moderated discussions, break out spaces, collaborative online tools, etc. It will be documented for public access online and an online bibliography will be created.