news & publications


Keynote: "Knowledge Infrastructures under Siege," conference on Governing by Prediction? Models, Data, and Algorithms in and for Governance, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris


Plantin, Lagoze, Edwards, and Sandvig, "Big Data is not about Size: When Data Transform Scholarship"


M. Chalmers and P.N. Edwards, "Producing 'one vast index': Google Book Search as an algorithmic system," M. Chalmers and P.N. Edwards, Big Data & Society


"The Mechanics of Invisibility: On Habit and Routine as Elements of Infrastructure"


Keynote: "Knowledge Infrastructures under Siege: Environmental Data Systems as Memory, Truce, and Target," Data Power 2017, Carleton University

Research websites

Knowledge Infrastructures (2013)

Final report of my Knowledge Infrastructures research group. How are knowledge infrastructures changing? How do changes in knowledge infrastructures reinforce or redistribute authority, influence, and power? How can we best study, know, and imagine knowledge infrastructures?

Evaluating Information and Communications Technology: Perspectives for a Balanced Approach (Christopher A. Lee, Brian S. Williams, and Paul N. Edwards, 2003)

Web version of report to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Reviews recent literature on the social impacts of ICTs. Includes executive summary; annotated bibliography summarizing more than 50 books, articles, and websites; transcripts of 8 interviews with leading experts; and a bibliography of over 290 books, articles, and websites.

Atmospheric General Circulation Modeling: A Participatory History (2000)
Funded by the Sloan Foundation under a consulting arrangement with the Center for the History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics. No longer maintained.

Information Technology and Society Project (1998)
A networked, distributed multimedia digital library on the recent history of high technology. The project came to an end in 1998. No longer maintained.