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Title: "Who Has Plots?": Contextualizing Scientific Software, Practice, and Visualizations

Abstract

We present that software is an integral element of the work of science yet it is not commonly an object of inquiry in studies of scientific infrastructures. This paper presents findings from an ethnographic study of a cosmology group's collaborative scientific software production. We demonstrate how these cosmologists use plots to simultaneously test their software and analyze data while interrogating multiple layers of infrastructural components. We broaden perspectives on scientific software development using a sociotechnical, software studies lens to examine this work of scientific discovery as a creative and embodied, yet exacting and methodical, activity that requires a 'human in the loop'. Here, we offer a new reading of scientific software practices to convey how creating scientific software is often really the act of doing science itself--an intervention we believe is necessary to more successfully support scientific software sharing and infrastructure production.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1525269
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 1; Journal Issue: CSCW; Journal ID: ISSN 2573-0142
Publisher:
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; Software studies; research infrastructures; scientific software development; scientific software testing; scientific visualizations; plots; cosmology; epoch of reionization; ethnographic study

Citation Formats

Paine, Drew, and Lee, Charlotte P. "Who Has Plots?": Contextualizing Scientific Software, Practice, and Visualizations. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1145/3134720.
Paine, Drew, & Lee, Charlotte P. "Who Has Plots?": Contextualizing Scientific Software, Practice, and Visualizations. United States. doi:10.1145/3134720.
Paine, Drew, and Lee, Charlotte P. Wed . ""Who Has Plots?": Contextualizing Scientific Software, Practice, and Visualizations". United States. doi:10.1145/3134720. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1525269.
@article{osti_1525269,
title = {"Who Has Plots?": Contextualizing Scientific Software, Practice, and Visualizations},
author = {Paine, Drew and Lee, Charlotte P.},
abstractNote = {We present that software is an integral element of the work of science yet it is not commonly an object of inquiry in studies of scientific infrastructures. This paper presents findings from an ethnographic study of a cosmology group's collaborative scientific software production. We demonstrate how these cosmologists use plots to simultaneously test their software and analyze data while interrogating multiple layers of infrastructural components. We broaden perspectives on scientific software development using a sociotechnical, software studies lens to examine this work of scientific discovery as a creative and embodied, yet exacting and methodical, activity that requires a 'human in the loop'. Here, we offer a new reading of scientific software practices to convey how creating scientific software is often really the act of doing science itself--an intervention we believe is necessary to more successfully support scientific software sharing and infrastructure production.},
doi = {10.1145/3134720},
journal = {Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction},
number = CSCW,
volume = 1,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {12}
}

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