viernes, 17 de abril de 2009

Call for articles: User-led, p2p Science (JA Frias 8 abril)

Call for articles:
User-led Science - A special issue of JCOM, Journal of Science
Deadline: May 15, 2009
Science is increasingly being produced, discussed and deliberated
with cooperative tools by web users and without the
istitutionalized presence of scientists. "Popular science" or
"Citizen science" are two of the traditional ways of defining
science grassroots produced outside the walls of laboratories.
But the internet has changed the way of collecting and
organising the knowledge produced by people -
peers - who do not belong to the established scientific community.
In this issue we want to discuss:
- How web tools are changing and widening this way of
participating in the production of scientific knowledge. Do this
increase in participation consist in a real shift towards
democratizing science or on the contrary is merely a rhetoric
which do not affect the asymmetrical relationships between
citizens and institutions?
- The ways in which both academic and private scientific
institutions are appropriating this knowledge and its value.
Do we need a new model to understand these ways of production
and appropriation? Are they part of a deeper change in productive
We would like to collect both theoretical contributions and
research articles which address for example case studies in
social media and science, peer production, the role of private
firms in exploiting web arenas to collect scientific/medical data
from their costumers, online social movements challenging
communication incumbents, web tools for development.
Interested authors should submit an extended abstract of no
more than 500 words (in English) to the issue editor by
May 15, 2009.
We will select three to five papers for inclusion in this special issue.
Abstracts should be sent to the JCOM's editorial office
( by email.
Please help us and spread this call in your mailing lists, blogs,
websites. The JCOM staff
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José Antonio Frías
Universidad de Salamanca
Departamento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación
Francisco Vitoria, 6-16
E-37008 Salamanca
Tlf. 34-923-294-580
Fax 34-923-294-582

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