The Top 100 STS Web Links
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DESCRIPTION: "The Association of Internet Researchers is an academic association dedicated to the advancement of the cross-disciplinary field of Internet studies. It is a member-based support network promoting critical and scholarly Internet research independent from traditional disciplines and existing across academic borders. The association is international in scope. The AoIR wiki is intended to be a public resource for people interested in Internet Research." This site is packed with useful resources, including a discussion of fundamental Internet research concepts; essays on Internet research ethics; descriptions of book series, conferences, workshops; a worldwide directory of Internet researchers; and much more.
DESCRIPTION: "This site is designed as a resource for the Science and Technology Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and in particular for its introductory course, both of which take as their particular focus the automobile and automobile industry. As an educational resource, the site includes supplementary teaching materials such as discussion questions and suggestions for writing assignments, and explanations are provided for potentially unfamiliar references in the essays. Thus, it is also meant to be useful to students, educators, and members of the general public with an interest in the automobile’s many roles in American life and society, and to provide a model for other sites and programs at universities in regions shaped by a particular industry, be it coal or computers. Of additional note for scholars and researchers are the oral histories of automotive designers working from the 1940s to the 1980s, the eight new essays by distinguished scholars, and the supplemental archival materials—photographs, product literature, design drawings, advertisements, etc.—from the collections of The Henry Ford."
REVIEW: An amazing, rich, and valuable resource for anyone with interests in any facet of the automobile including design, history, labor issues, and much more.
DESCRIPTION: The strategic plan for research at Cornell can be summed up simply: Be the best at what we undertake to do. The research enterprise supports university research priorities: the New Life Sciences; cross-college collaborations; and enabling research areas--computing and information sciences, genomics, advanced materials, and nanoscience. We build on our strengths when creating programs, recruiting faculty, purchasing equipment, and supporting interdisciplinary programs. Cornell research is committed to knowledge transfer and engages in technology transfer and economic development activities that benefit local, regional, national, and international constituents.
DESCRIPTION: "A hypertext history of how scientists came to (partly) understand what people are doing to cause climate change. This Web site created by Spencer Weart to supplement his much shorter book, which tells the history of climate change research as a single connected narrative. On this Web site you will find a fuller history (about 250,000 words)." Housed at the Center for the History of Physics (American Institute of Physics), this site was created with support from the American Institute of Physics, the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
REVIEW: This is an authoritative, huge site the presents the history of global warming science in an objective and comprehensible way. Set aside some time to browse; you'll be there for hours, if not days!
DESCRIPTION: "Since 2001 the Echo project has used the Internet to collect and present the recent history of science, technology, and industry. As a laboratory for experimentation in this new and unperfected field, we have, among other objectives, worked to foster communication and dialogue among historians, scientists, engineers, doctors, and technologists. We also host free workshops and offer free consultation services to assist other historical practitioners in launching their own websites. In addition, Echo provides a centralized guide and portal for those seeking websites on the history of science and technology. This guide helps researchers find the exact information they need while also granting curious browsers a forum for exploration." The Echo project stems from the work of scholars and staff in the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in northern Virginia.
REVIEW: For anyone with interests in the history of science and/or technology, this is an indispensable site. Catalogued are more than 5,000 relevant Web sites, including a list of sites offering online research collections. Also available are several free software tools, including Scribe, a notetaking and research organization tool designed for historians and an online syllabus finder. Scheduled for release soon is [http://chnm.gmu.edu/tools/firefoxscholar/ Firefox Scholar, a special version of Firefox with a host of extensions especially designed for scholars' needs.
DESCRIPTION: The Golden Age of Medicine web site is a project that several Penn faculty and graduate students developed over the course of the past several years. It is very good, especially in comparison with most "educational" internet sites. The site is intended to facilitate the exploration of American health history during the middle years of the 20th century, the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. During these years the experience and the practice of medicine changed dramatically in the United States, as did the structure of the health care delivery system. Our goal is to arouse your curiosity about some of these changes, so that you will be motivated to investigate how and why they took place. The Golden Age site is currently being used by instructors at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, University of Minnesota, and Virginia Tech.
REVIEW: Though now a bit dated in its appearance, this site is a valuable heuristic for undergrads to use in order to explain how a historian examines case studies. All in all, an excellent site.
Hodges Health Career - Knowledge Domains - Model
DESCRIPTION: This website is devoted to a conceptual framework which assists users in generating socio-technical perspectives. Developed in the health and social care sector Hodges model can be used universally, by individuals and groups. Although simplistic in form the model can encompass the conceptual complexity that many problems present in the 21st century. Incorporating four knowledge domains the website includes four unique links resources, which also list conferences, e.g. SCIENCES; INTRAPERSONAL; SOCIOLOGY and POLITICAL. Since 2006 a blog 'Welcome to the QUAD' has also been available. An effort to create a web community is under way using the Drupal CMS.
DESCRIPTION: An online annotated and commentable reader which introduces and contextualises a series of articles on the geographies of contemporary science and technology. The readings offer an entry point to this research. Part of a more general ‘spatial turn’ in the social sciences, there has been a growing dialogue between Geographers and those in Science and Technology Studies (STS) interested in the geographies of technoscience. This work has drawn attention to the way that space matters in the production of science and technology; the implications of the circulation of expertise and materials in the situating of science and technology; as well as the importance of locating the effects of technoscience in their social, cultural, economic and political context.
DESCRIPTION: Although this site focuses on instructional technology, Ryder (University of Colorado, Denver) approaches this subject from a deeply theoretical angle, and there are several pages that explore STS subjects in depth:
- Sociology of knowledge
- Actor/network theory
- Theory of technology
- Qualitative research
- Social construction of technology
Each of these pages lists prominent contributors to the field with links to bibliographies, biographies, seminal documents, and commentary, both on- and off-site.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
DESCRIPTION: MIT is devoted to the advancement of knowledge and education of students in areas that contribute to or prosper in an environment of science and technology.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
DESCRIPTION: The collaborative efforts of our students, faculty, corporate partners, and government agencies are generating a new momentum in research and the development of innovative technologies, including biotechnology, information technology, and nanotechnology.
Science Studies Network
DESCRIPTION: The Science Studies Network, based at the University of Washington, brings together academic faculty and graduate students with an interest in science and technology studies: history and philosophy of science; cultural studies of science; and ethics, equity, and policy issues in science. The network operates a tag cloud allowing members to identify researchers through keywords and links them to researchers' profiles; and makes available a series of podcasts profiling different arenas of STS research and debate.
DESCRIPTION: The Web site of the oldest and largest science & technologies studies association is both extensive and frequently updated. You'll find information about the profession, including jobs, news, calls for papers, and scholarly resources (including journals and movies; about 4S, including information about governance, membership, prizes, and the organization's history; and about the annual meeting. There's also a section for students.
DESCRIPTION: A project undertaken by Ph.D. students at the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology, and Modern Culture, the STS Knowledge Base is taking shape as a repository of information about STS concepts, theories, people, and methods. Although the site uses Wiki software, it is not world-writable and membership is available only to affiliated faculty and students.
Student Pugwash USA
URL:  Description: About SPUSA: Mission and History
Student Pugwash USA (SPUSA) is an organization that enables students to think critically about ethical dilemmas in science and technology, encouraging them to make socially responsible science the guiding focus of their future endeavors. SPUSA is guided by a respect for diverse perspectives and, as such, does not adopt advocacy positions on substantive issues. SPUSA is the US student affiliate of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, recipients of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize.
University of California, Davis
DESCRIPTION: Our researchers address some of today's most pressing challenges: West Nile virus, food safety, autism and cleaner fuel technologies. From building California into an agricultural powerhouse to melding dance and theatre into a new art form, our faculty members and their students continue to transform the state, the nation and the world.
DESCRIPTION: Part of the Victorian Web, a project of the University of Singapore's University Scholar's Programme, this page on Victorian technology comprehensively surveys the technologies and artifacts of the Victorian Age in U.K. The links point to in-depth discussions and commentaries.
DESCRIPTION: When you set foot on campus, you'll be immersed in a creative energy that alters the way you see the world. Virginia Tech is a place where faculty and students push the bounds of what's known. Curiosity is given free rein. In this environment, new ideas circulate, take hold, and grow.
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