FORMOSA PLASTICS
GLOBAL 
ARCHIVE

台灣塑膠檔案館

Collage by Anna Berti Suman (Sensjus Project), Paul JobinHannah Chalew and Hai Le.

Overview

The Formosa Plastics Global Archive supports a transnational network of people concerned about the operations of the Formosa Plastics Corporation, one of the world's largest petrochemical companies.

The material includes public coverage of Formosa Plastics, as well as documentation collected by activists over many years of work.

台塑集團工業區對環境、健康與社會之長期影響,北美、東亞、東南亞行動者皆蒐集豐富資料。然在缺乏完善資訊整合平台下,資料與經驗難以流通廣傳。本檔案館之目的,在於建置公共資訊平台、彙整累積相關資訊,促進跨國比較研究、公眾教育與行動串連。

Places

Backstories

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 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. 

Analysis

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

Advocacy

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."

Shared Bibliography

Click to access the shared bibliography for the Formosa Plastics Archive.

If you would like to contribute readings, register for Zotero and apply for the Disaster STS Group.

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.