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Title of Presentation: Promoting access to scientific data for the public interest: how can information technology change lay/expert relationship?
This paper argues that IT design strategies that exploit the spectacle of participation can effect changes in the structures of participation that surround public interest discourse -- specifically environmental and public health data. The public interests discourse that depends heavily of technical and scientific representations, is characterized by the dilemma of presenting information to radically different groups, in which legibility of the representations is hard to ensure and variability of interpretation is guaranteed. The design strategies -- explored with a number of illustrative cases -- are contrasted to journalistic strategies of representation and those used within communities of expertise. I argue that to evaluate these and other IT based projects that the social value can be made explicit (assessed) with attention to the structures of participation legitimated by implemented systems.
Natalie Jeremijenko, 1999 Rockefeller fellow, is a design engineer and
technoartist. She was recently named one of the top one hundred young innovators by the MIT Technology
Review. Her work includes digital, electromechanical, and interactive systems in addition to biotechnological
work that have recently been included in the Rotterdam Film Festival (2000), the Guggenheim Museum, New York (1999),
the Museum Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, the LUX Gallery, London (1999), the Whitney Biennial '97, Documenta '97,
Ars Electronic prix '96, presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. A large project was commissioned for the opening of new museum MASSMoCA (www.massmoca.org).
She did graduate engineering studies at Stanford University towards her Ph.D. in design engineering, and was most
recently the director of the Engineering Design Studio at Yale University developing and implementing new courses
in technological innovation. She has recently taken a research position at the Media Research Lab/Center for
Advanced Technology in the Computer Science Dept., NYU.
Other research positions include several years at Xerox PARC in the computer science lab, and the Advanced Computer
Graphics Lab, RMIT. She has also been on faculty in digital media and computer art at the School Of Visual Art,
New York and the San Francisco Art Institute. She is known to work for the Bureau of Inverse Technology.