SciTS 2013 Conference: Sessions

Team Science & Infrastructure

This panel will review different types of infrastructures used to study and perform team science. Jason Owen-Smith will report on research that associates physical spaces with the projects/grants used to pay the rent. Jonathan Cummings uses NSF ITR data to study the influence of group size and heterogeneity on the productivity of research teams. Paul Leonardi will present recent work on how social media tools can help team members find knowledge that exists within their team and across multiple teams within their work units.

Tuesday, June 25, 8:30am - 10:00am


Katy Borner
Katy Börner
Session Chair

Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science, Adjunct Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing and the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Biocomplexity Institute, Fellow of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology, Member of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center ( at Indiana University. She is a curator of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit ( Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large scale scientific collaboration and computation. She is the co-editor of the Springer book on ‘Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries’ and of a special issue of PNAS on ‘Mapping Knowledge Domains’ (2004). Her new book ‘Atlas of Science: Guiding the Navigation and Management of Scholarly Knowledge’ published by MIT Press will become available in 2010. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997.

Jonothan Cummings
Jonathon Cummings

Jonathon Cummings is an Associate Professor of Management at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. After completing his dissertation and post-doc at Carnegie Mellon University, he spent three years at the MIT Sloan School of Management as an Assistant Professor, where he received an NSF Early Career Award for his research on innovation in geographically dispersed teams and networks. His subsequent research has focused on virtual teams in corporations as well as collaboration in science, and his publications have appeared in outlets across a number of fields, including Organizational Behavior (e.g., Management Science, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review), Information Systems (e.g., MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research), Human-Computer Interaction (e.g., CHI, CSCW, CACM), and Science Policy (e.g., Social Studies of Science, Research Policy).

Paul Leonardi
Paul Leonardi

Paul Leonardi (Ph.D., Stanford University) is the Pentair-Nugent Associate Professor at Northwestern University. He teaches courses on the management of innovation and organizational change in the School of Communication, the McCormick School of Engineering, and the Kellogg School of Management. Leonardi’s research focuses on how companies can create organizational structures and employ advanced information technologies to more effectively create and share knowledge. He is particularly interested in how data intensive technologies, such as simulation and social media tools, enable new ways to access, store, and share information; how the new sources of information these technologies provide can change work routines and communication partners; and how shifts in employees’ work and communication alter the nature of an organization's expertise.

Jason Owen-Smith
Jason Owen-Smith

Jason Owen-Smith is a sociologist who examines how science, commerce, and the law cohere and conflict in contemporary societies and economies. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at the University of Arizona and a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy from the New College of Florida. Together with collaborators, Jason works on projects that examine the dynamics of high-technology industries, the commercialization of academic research, and the science & politics of human embryonic stem cell research. He seeks to understand how organizations, institutions, and networks can maintain the status quo while generating novelty through social transformations, scientific discoveries, and technological breakthroughs. Findings from this research have been published in outlets including the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Cell, Cell Stem Cell, Higher Education, Management Science, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Methods, Organization Science, Research Policy, and Social Studies of Science.