Grants

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

To support the scaling-up of a community of scholars and practitioners focused on technology maintenance

  • Amount $197,851
  • City Albany, NY
  • Investigator Andrew Russell
  • Year 2018
  • Program Digital Technology
  • Sub-program Data & Computational Research

In 2016, Andrew Russell (now Professor and Dean of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute) and Lee Vinsel (now Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech) hosted a three-day workshop, “The Maintainers,” held at the Stevens Institute for Technology, that included presentations from a handful of practitioners who were responsible for maintenance of technological infrastructure such as aerospace, transportation, information technology, and the military. Interest in the workshop was robust and a second workshop followed in 2017, also well attended. This grant provides support to Russell and Vinsel for plans to grow and formalize the set of experts, researchers, and practitioners interested in issues of technological maintenance. Over the next year they request funds to develop two pilot “maintenance communities,” one of “information maintainers” and the other of “maintainers in the workforce.” Through these two pilot communities Russell and Vinsel hope to produce a blueprint for how maintainer communities might be effectively structured. Additional grant funds support preparatory work in advance of a 2019 Maintainers conference.

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