The dialectical tensions in the funding infrastructure of cyberinfrastructure

Kerk F. Kee, Larry D. Browning

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This article focuses on funding for cyberinfrastructure and how funding affects the cyberinfrastructure foundation laid, who completes the work, and what the outcomes of the funding are. By following qualitative procedures and thematic analysis, we identify five dialectical tensions across three difference levels of institutions, individuals, and ideologies in the funding infrastructure of cyberinfrastructure. Through an organizational communication lens, we define funding infrastructure as the communication arrangements of institutions, individuals, and ideologies that must be coordinated in order for cyberinfrastructure to be brought into existence. These communication arrangements include salient motivations of and financial compensations for individuals who engage in them. They also comprise explicit policies about funding, as well as implicit ideologies about science embedded in funding, as held by institutions involved in these communication arrangements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-308
Number of pages26
JournalComputer Supported Cooperative Work
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Cyberinfrastructure
  • Dialectical tensions
  • Funding infrastructure
  • Organizational communication


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