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Situated Innovations in e-Social Science

WithBRIDGETTE WESSELS, MAX CRAGLIA

This chapter explores a user-led approach in the development of e-social science in which an interdisciplinary team integrated technological infrastructure, collaboration, and knowledge in the development of e-social science. e-Social science refers to the “collaboration between computer scientists and social scientists to design and develop middleware in order to address social scientists’ substantive research problems in new ways that recognize more fully the complexity of economic and social activities” (NceSS, e-Social Science newsletter Issue 1, Summer 2000, p. 1). In this chapter, ‘development’ refers to the work done by researchers to adapt Grid technologies (Foster, 2002, Ananthnarayan, et al., 2003) to address an interdisciplinary social research problem.