*PROJECT DESCRIPTION* Based in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (RPI) Department of Science and Technology Studies, *The Asthma Files* is an experiment in ethnography, and in science, health and environmental communication. While examining ways asthma is understood, cared for and governed in varied settings, it also examines how digital tools can be used to support new research practices and new ways of enrolling audiences in the process of ethnographic knowledge production. The project responds to dramatic increases in asthma incidence in the United States and globally in recent decades, and to wide acknowledgment that new forms of asthma knowledge are needed. The project aims to advance understanding of how knowledge about asthma and other complex conditions can be produced and configured, leveraging digital tools to enable new modes of collaboration among humanities researchers, and news ways of presenting and disseminating humanities research.
Through a collaboration with the RPI Tetherless World Constellation, *The Asthma Files* also will implement capacity to utilize large data sets, information modeling, social network analysis, and semantic web capabilities to address humanities questions in non-traditional ways. This will produce new ethnographic material and interpretation, while advancing methodological understanding of how digital techniques can be used in humanities research. *JOB DESCRIPTION* To help us with this research project, we are looking for someone knowledgeable with Plone, the open source content management system, Zope, the open source database system, and Python. Some example projects might include: - 1) Theme customization. - 2) Implement new workflows for different users: members, editors, collaborators, etc. - 3) Develop new objects types. - 4) Feedback and development functions. - 5) Make a 3rd party extension to Plone so that other research groups can download platform without content. - 6) Evaluate security permissions. - 7) Integration of existing research tools with Plone: *SKILLS NEEDED* - Work experience with Plone, Zope, and Python. -- Erik Bigras STS PhD Candidate Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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