Infrastructures From the Bottom-Up and the Top-Down: Can They Meet in the Middle?

Michael Twidale, Ingbert R. Floyd

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Based on a study of participatory design in the development of cyberinfrastructure involving the rapid composition of open source software and web services, we consider cases where researchers create their own ad hoc infrastructures out of available software. We compare "top- down" and "bottom-up" cyberinfrastructure development and speculate on whether the two approaches can be productively combined.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 Participatory Design Conference - Bloomington, United States
Duration: Oct 1 2008Oct 4 2008
Conference number: 10


Conference2008 Participatory Design Conference
Abbreviated titlePDC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Open Source Software
  • Appropriation
  • End-User Computing
  • Research Collaboratories
  • Cyberinfrastructure

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