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|Title:||Deliberate Individual Change Framework for Understanding Programming Practices in four Oceanography Groups|
Lee, Charlotte P.
|Keywords:||Scientific software;Programming practice;Data science;Oceanography;Qualitative analysis;Sociotechnical infrastructure;Software engineering|
|metadata.dc.relation.ispartof:||Computer Supported Cooperative Work 26(4-5)- ECSCW 2017: Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work|
|Abstract:||Computing affects how scientific knowledge is constructed, verified, and validated. Rapid changes in hardware capability, and software flexibility, are coupled with a volatile tool and skill set, particularly in the interdisciplinary scientific contexts of oceanography. Existing research considers the role of scientists as both users and producers of code. We focus on how an intentional, individually-initiated but socially-situated, process of uptake influences code written by scientists. We present an 18-month interview and observation study of four oceanography teams, with a focus on ethnographic shadowing of individuals undertaking code work. Through qualitative analysis, we developed a framework of deliberate individual change, which builds upon prior work on programming practices in science through the lens of sociotechnical infrastructures. We use qualitative vignettes to illustrate how our theoretical framework helps to understand changing programming practices. Our findings suggest that scientists use and produce software in a way that deliberately mitigates the potential pitfalls of their programming practice. In particular, the object and method of visualization is subject to restraint intended to prevent accidental misuse.|
|metadata.mci.conference.date:||28 August - 1 September 2017|
|Appears in Collections:||ECSCW 2017 Long Papers|
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