A sociotechnical exploration of infrastructural middleware development


While previous CSCW research has noted that computer scientists have their own research interests pertaining to cyberinfrastructure development projects, most have focused on the research imperatives of scientists. This qualitative, interview-based study investigates the perspective of computer scientists developing middleware software for cyberinfrastructures at two supercomputing centers. This paper examines how technologists develop and sustain middleware applications over time by leveraging expertise and partnering with different research domains in order to achieve long-term infrastructural goals.

In Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, ACM.

Paper produced as part of CSC lab’s Leveraging Development Expertise Across Cyberinfrastructures project examining how stakeholders at two US National Supercomputing Centers sustain scientific middleware software projects.