Kyle Harp-Rushing

Cultural Anthropology

kharp001@ucr.edu

As a cultural anthropologist drawing upon the field of STS, my research explores the cultural politics and aesthetics of digital, open-source scientific data-sharing platforms and publics in North America. I consider infrastructures designed to facilitate "openness and transparency" within historical trajectories of scientific knowledge production and communication, and within contemporary contexts of post-industrial imaginaries and materializations of "sharing economies". My dissertation research follows coders and programmers developing software to facilitate more open infrastructures of data exchange and with institutional and citizen science partnerships formed around open data. I pose questions regarding the nature of fundamentally cultural negotiations between digital materiality, coding labor, craft, and meanings attached to data in the cultivation of more participatory scientific publics.