Professionalization in Cyberinfrastructure

20 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2018  

Nicholas Berente

University of Notre Dame

James Howison

University of Texas at Austin

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Brandeis University

John L. King

University of Michigan School of Information

Stephen R. Barley

Stanford University - Management Science & Engineering

John Towns

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Written: February 15, 2017

Abstract

In this report we address whether the cyberinfrastructure community should professionalize as it continues to encourage participation in cyberinfrastructure-related occupations, provide a career path, and continue to gain academic legitimacy. We brought members of the cyberinfrastructure community (high-performance computing, software, data, and infrastructure) together with organization scientists to discuss the professionalization of, and career paths for, emerging cyberinfrastructure roles. The cyberinfrastructure workforce is increasingly important to science, and this RCN will bring those interested in the cyberinfrastructure workforce together with scholars of technical workers and technical professions together. Among other contributions, we identified four general roles for cyberinfrastructure personnel: systems facing, software facing, researcher facing, and application facing.We discuss organization science research in professionalization and reflect on whether it makes sense to create a cyberinfrastructure profession at this stage.

Keywords: cyberinfrastructure, workforce, professionalization

Suggested Citation

Berente, Nicholas and Howison, James and Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Joel and King, John L. and Barley, Stephen R. and Towns, John, Professionalization in Cyberinfrastructure (February 15, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3138592 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3138592

Nicholas Berente (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

James Howison

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

2317 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712
United States

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Brandeis University ( email )

212 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453
United States

John L. King

University of Michigan School of Information ( email )

3447 North Quad
105 S. State St. 3447
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285
United States
734-615-83526 (Phone)

Stephen R. Barley

Stanford University - Management Science & Engineering ( email )

473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305-9025
United States
(650) 723-0519 (Phone)
(650) 723-2826 (Fax)

John Towns

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

601 E John St
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

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