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Objet-frontière ou Projet-frontière ? Construction, (non-)utilisation et politique d'une banque de données

Abstract : A database is a place of encounter between the social and the technical, discourses and materialities, the dreams of its designers and the realities of its users. This article analyses databases as boundary objects in the context of a museum of natural history. In a museum, one of the roles of a database is to mediate knowledge between professionals and amateurs. But many factors render the construction of a boundary object, and the coproduction of scientific knowledge through it, difficult. These difficulties reveal that a database is a political boundary object, an object through which specific identities are expressed and the performance of which depends on the enrolments and resistances of its users. The article proposes to conceptualise a boundary object not only as a defined and finite object, but also as a project – partially distributed and used, relatively ambivalent and perpetually in construction.
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Morgan Meyer. Objet-frontière ou Projet-frontière ? Construction, (non-)utilisation et politique d'une banque de données. Revue d'Anthropologie des Connaissances, Société d'Anthropologie des Connaissances, 2009, 3 (1), pp.127-148. ⟨hal-00442628⟩



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