Lindsay Poirier

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Lindsay Poirier
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Emailpoiril@rpi.edu

Lindsay Poirier is a cultural anthropologist of data cultures, expertise, and infrastructure. Her work is informed by prior work in the history of computing and of technology, critical data studies, the digital humanities, Science and Technology Studies, and the technical field of information technology and web science. Interlacing training in both ethnography and computer science, Poirier critically examines datasets and data infrastructures as ethnographic artifacts, while she also theorizes and implements alternative data models and platforms. She has conducted several oral history interviews with prominent figures in the Semantic Web and data science communities, and she has participated in and documented international workshops to design domain-specific data standards for government, non-profit, and research communities. Poirier is the lead platform architect for the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE) – an open source digital humanities platform, which supports several international research projects, including The Asthma Files, the Disaster STS Network, and STS Infrastructures. She has also represented the “empirical humanities” (including the qualitative social sciences) in international efforts to support research data sharing. Finally, Poirier has worked with the civic technology community in New York City to advocate for data publishing practices, curriculum, and legislation that promote civic engagement with the city’s open data program.

Project Collaborator

Health on the Web
Principal Investigator: Deborah L. McGuinness and Joanne S. Luciano
Description: The Tetherless World Constellation's Health on the Web's primary goal is to explore the next generation web technology needed to improve health.