FAQ: Formosa Plastics Global Archive

Collaboration Ethics

The Formosa Plastics Archive is a non-profit project with an education mandate. The project contributes to and runs in the spirit of a creative commons, expansively conceived. It is designed to create public knowledge resources and new methods and infrastructure for creating such resources. As such, it depends on deep cooperation among participants, openness to diverse ideas and generous investment in the public good.

The archive is led by a Design Group, itself led by a chair or co-chairs, including rotating position for community members. The Design Group chairs have the responsibility and authority to oversee participation in the project, intervening as needed to meet project goals.

Environmental activists from the United States, Taiwan and Vietnam have donated data they collected over many years of work. Additional material comes from public sources and freedom of information (FOIA) requests.

The project is being developed by the design group and supported by an interdisciplinary group of researchers and activists located in the US and Taiwan. 

All public material is either available under a Creative Commons license or uploaded with permission of the author. Non-public material is only accessible for members of the research group.  

If you are a researcher, student, or environmental advocate, you can sign up for the Disaster STS Platform and request access to the research group

The Disaster-STS Network links researchers from around the world working to understand, anticipate and respond to disaster, fast and slow. The Formosa archive is hosted on the platform to create connections with different research, teaching and advoacy projects.

The Disaster-STS Network is an instance of the Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography (PECE), a free and open source (Drupal-based) digital platform that supports multi-sited, cross-scale ethnographic and historical research.


The archive is an ongoing effort in bringing together affected community members. Material has been used for creative advoacy efforts, including exhibitions and "virtual toxic tours."


The archive links with a series of research questions that help characterize civic data capacity and environmental injustice