Repertoires: how to transform a project into a research community
Ankeny, Rachel A.
Oxford University Press (OUP)
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How effectively communities of scientists come together and co-operate is crucial both to the quality of research outputs and to the extent to which such outputs integrate insights, data and methods from a variety of fields, laboratories and locations around the globe. This essay focuses on the ensemble of material and social conditions that makes it possible for a short-¬‐term collaboration, set up to accomplish a specific task, to give rise to relatively stable communities of researchers. We refer to these distinctive features as repertoires, and investigate their development and implementation across three examples of collaborative research in the life sciences. We conclude that whether a particular project ends up fostering the emergence of a resilient research community is partly determined by the degree of attention and care devoted by researchers to material and social elements beyond the specific research questions under consideration.
Funding for this work was provided by the University of Exeter (through support for RAA's visiting position at the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences) and the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC grant agreement no. 335925 (project “The Epistemology of Data-Intensive Science”).
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