Paper on Synergizing in Cyberinfrastructure Accepted to JCSCW

I’m happy to announce that my article with Matt Bietz and Charlotte Lee has been accepted for publication in the special issue of the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work on Cyberinfrastructure. This paper included data from fieldwork that I did back in 2007 and 2008, so I’m really excited to see it published. See the full citation and abstract below the fold.

Beitz, M.J., Baumer, E.P.S., and Lee, C.P. (2010). Synergizing in Cybinfrastructure Development. in Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Special Issue on Cyberinfrastructure, 19(3-4), 245-281.

This paper investigates the work of creating infrastructure, using as a case study the development of cyberinfrastructure for metagenomics research. Specifically, the analysis focuses on the role of embeddedness in infrastructure development. We expand on the notion of human infrastructure to develop the concepts of synergizing, leveraging, and aligning, which denote the active processes of creating and managing relationships among people, organizations, and technologies in the creation of cyberinfrastructure. This conceptual lens highlights how embeddedness is not only an important result of infrastructure development, but is also a precursor that can act as both a constraint and a resource for development activities.

I’ll post links and page numbers here once they become available.

Update (2010-07-24): Our Synergizing article is now online at