Ortant considerations about embedded values
in infrastructure time as a constraint on organizing systems and offers many important examples of infrastructure time as a constraint on organizing systems and offers many important examples of information systems and classification causes either suffering or advantage depending on who is being classified Especially appreciated the perspective that we shouldn t practice classification without recognizing that carving nature at the joints is always going to end badly or someone So I am The Leadership Gap fascinated with how brains sort and distinguishwell anything This book went a bit beyond the single brain but into ways multiple humans sort things to create a working order A lot of this book read like stereo instructions please know that reference but some was pretty interesting Some mainocuses were health tuberculosis the apartheid holy Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) fucking shit I barely knew anything about the apartheid and what I read blew my mind and now I need to know depressing history nursing so yeah Not a wild read by any means but I regret nothing This dense volume tackles the delicate uestion posed by scientific nomenclatures as applied to diseases medical acts and causes of death Even in technicalields naming systems turn out to be surprisingly ad hoc reflecting and reinforcing an era s inherent biase. Hway permits and zoning decisions to tell a city's story the authors review archives of classification design to understand how decisions have been made Sorting Things Out has a moral agenda or each standard and category valorizes some point of view and silences Standards and classifications produce advantage or suffering Jobs are made and lost; some regions benefit at the of others How these choices are made and how we think about that process are at the moral and political core of this work The book is an important empirical source or understanding the building of information infrastructure. .
Of the object while still a shared generalized meaning between disparate communities of practice ie plasticity Classifications not only our view of the world they shape the way we act Eually as good pragmatists we know things perceived as
Real Are Real In Their Conseuences So are real in their conseuences So when people take classifications to be purely mental or purely Save the Cupcake! formal they also mold their behavior toit those conceptions Bowker Star p 53 There are always political moral and ethical orces that naturally shape the creation and maintenance of classification systems In Sorting Things Out Geoffrey Bowker and Susan Leigh Star make information infrastructure exciting They set out to answer what goes into making things seem effortless who does this work and what happens to the cases that do not it First they introduce us to their terminology defining classification as a set of boxes into which things can be put to then do some kind of work 10 and standardization as agreed upon rules or the production of objectsspanning than one community of practice 13 But their examples will show that the real wor Great book Read it as part of book club course called New Perspectives on Organizing at UC Berkeley School of Information Really imp. Tyle they investigate a variety of classification systems including the International Classification of Diseases the Nursing Interventions Classification race classification under apartheid in South Africa and the classification of viruses of tuberculosisThe authors emphasize the role of invisibility in the process by which classification orders human They examine how categories are made and kept invisible and how people can change this invisibility when necessary They also explore systems of classification as part of the built information environment Much as an urban historian would review hig. This book is critical reading or anyone involved in any type of standardization classification or data modeling work We are moving toward a world where systems are inter connected than ever and it is classifications and standards that orm the infrastructure or these systems Classifications are ubiuitous in the world around us and tend to implicitly shape the way we view our worldKey points that this book expands on in detail include Classification systems provide the mechanism or information to be shared between disparate communities of practice across space and time Classification systems create the infrastructure in the world around us and because of the tendency or infrastructures to disappear it normally takes effort to
*See Them Unless They Break *them unless they break Classification systems provide the mechanism or organizational memory Through this mechanism classification systems may be used to orce the erasure of certain organizational memories All memory is generally iltered through a classification system The use of boundary objects and boundary infrastructures are critical to supporting multiple viewpoints within a system Boundary objects provide a way or individual communities of practice to orm strong localized meaning. A revealing and surprising look at how classification systems can shape both worldviews and social interactionsWhat do a seventeenth century mortality table whose causes of death include ainted #In A Bath Frighted #a bath righted itch; the identification of South Africans during apartheid as European Asian colored or black; and the separation of machine rom hand washables have in common All are examples of classification the scaffolding of information infrastructuresIn Sorting Things Out Geoffrey C Bowker and Susan Leigh Star explore the role of categories and standards in shaping the modern world In a clear and lively ,
Ortant considerations about embedded values