Archival Science

, Volume 4, Issue 3–4, pp 367–382 | Cite as

Recordkeeping in the Production of Scientific Knowledge: An Ethnographic Study

  • Kalpana ShankarEmail author


Recent scholarship in archival studies has employed “non-traditional” modes of analysis to theorize the nature of the record and recordkeeping in organizational contexts. In that tradition, this paper discusses the author’s use of ethnographic methodology to study recordkeeping in one academic research laboratory. The paper explores how ethnography contributes to our understanding of the laboratory as a recordkeeping organization and the intersections of scientific practice and the kinds of records scientists create and use. The paper calls for more analysis of recordkeeping as an information infrastructure and inquiry into the nature of the record in other kinds of knowledge production environments.


Research Laboratory Scientific Knowledge Cultural Heritage Academic Research Knowledge Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University, School of InformaticsBloomingtonUnited States

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