Christine L. Borgman: International Recognition in Computing, Arts, and Sciences

The IS Presidential Chair has been selected as an ACM Fellow and a visiting professor to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Christine L. Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, has been selected as an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellow. The internationally recognized award honors the top 1% of ACM members as leaders in computing and information technology who have demonstrated outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community. Dr. Borgman will be honored at the 2013 ACM Fellows Awards Banquet on June 21 in San Francisco for her contributions to research on human interaction with information systems, data practices, and information policy.

“The award recognizes the breadth of the field and the importance of combining the social study of computing work in combination with building and evaluating technological systems,” says Borgman of her recognition by ACM. “I am honored and delighted, having worked in, around, and with the computer science community for most of my career.”

In addition, Borgman has also been recently appointed as a visiting professor to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The yearlong post will begin in March, with Dr. Borgman making periodic visits to the Academy to contribute to its groundbreaking work in digital data and curation, and looks forward to working on “the nexus of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, considering how data practices and stewardship vary across disciplines, contexts, and over time.”

“Having conducted longitudinal research across multiple sciences, with some comparisons to the social sciences and humanities, the visiting professorship is a rare opportunity for me to compare cultural contexts in addition to the many other variables at play,” she says.

Borgman says that she looks forward to the opportunity of working with her colleagues at ACM and at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She notes that, “Information Studies crosses all of these fields, enabling us to address boundary-spanning questions through collaborations with colleagues in many disciplines.”

Dr. Borgman leads the Knowledge Infrastructures (KI) project at UCLA, supported by grants from the Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation, with collaborators in history and gender studies (Sharon Traweek), and at the University of Michigan (Paul Edwards), UC-Irvine (Geoffrey Bowker), USC (Carl Kesselman), Chicago (Ian Foster), and others. With a team of UCLA graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, the KI team is exploring how scientists collect, interpret, and manage their data. Since the launch of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at UCLA in 2002, her teams have studied data practices and knowledge infrastructure in computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, seismology, astronomy, and the deep ocean biosphere.

Borgman is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a past recipient of the Paul Evans Peter Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, and of the Research in Information Science Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology. The University of Pittsburgh honored her both as a Legacy Laureate and with their 225th Anniversary Medallion.

A prolific author of more than 200 publications for the fields of information studies, computer science, and communication, Borgman has received the “Best Information Science Book of the Year” award twice from the Association for Information Science & Technology for her monographs, “Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet” (MIT Press, 2007) and “From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World” (MIT Press, 2000). Her forthcoming book, “Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World,” will be released this year by MIT Press.