Our knowledge of knowledge infrastructures: Lessons learned and future directions
The Knowledge Infrastructures Workshop conducted at UCLA in February 2020, and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, revisited the goals and findings of the 2012 workshop held at the University of Michigan. Thirty scholars, from a diverse array of disciplines and backgrounds, charted a course for the next decade of KI research. Such infrastructures are increasingly fragile, and often brittle, in the face of open data and open source, the demise of gatekeepers, and shifting public and private boundaries that redistribute power. Participants identified new methods and new opportunities for studying KI. Among the many scholarly products they proposed are publications, grant proposals, conference sessions, and workshops on the role of libraries in data services, the death and afterlives of KI, misinformation and disinformation in KI, KI in the Anthropocene, “N simplish rules” to grow and sustain KI, university capacities for KI, designing sustainable KI, and inclusion of underrepresented groups in the design of KI. The report, position papers, and other materials will be maintained at the KI workshop site, http://knowledgeinfrastructures.org.