Building Information Infrastructures for Social Worlds — The Role of Classifications and Standards

  • Geoffrey C. Bowker
  • Susan Leigh Star
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1519)


Through an analysis of information systems in medical communities - notably the development of the International Classification of Diseases and the design of a Nursing Interventions Classification scheme - we argue that community systems designers necessarily build for multiple social worlds simultaneously. So doing, we argue, they make a series of significant social and political choices. We draw some design implications from this observation: notably arguing for a sensitivity to the nature of the work of representing a community to itself.


Social World Information Infrastructure Actor Network Theory Nursing Work Community Computing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey C. Bowker
    • 1
  • Susan Leigh Star
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Library and Information ScienceUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUSA

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