Singage: Learning PECE

Cite as

Fortun, Kim, James Adams, Tim Schütz, and Mike Fortun. 2020. "Learning PECE," Transnational STS COVID-19 Project.  Disaster STS Network. June 27


To prepare for this session, please do the following (the list is long but each item is quick!): 

  • Try annotating, following these instructions.  Click on the annotate button here, and select the question set for “Learning PECE.”  You’ll be asked to answer questions like these (you can answer all very briefly or not at all).  

  • Collect a set of images, pdfs, urls, and other “artifact types” that you want to work with.  Ideally, these will be relevant to your interests in our COVID-19 project, but they don’t have to be.  Put them in a folder on your computer or online so that they are easy to access during our session. It is helpful to have a short title and two-liner for each “artifact” (photo, PDF, text) you want to add.

  • Write short captions for some of your images. These can be drafty, or just “blah, blah, blah.”  

  • Write or find pieces of your writing to upload as a PECE text artifacts or to add to a PECE essay.  Again, this can be “blah, blah, blah” if you want. 

  • Add yourself to this slide deck (which we’ll use to create signage for your PECE work): Signage Slides PECE Tutorial COVID-19 Project

  • If you have time: Learn to use Zotero, open source bibliography software that we run alongside PECE (there are many video tutorials on the Zotero site and youtube). Learning to use Zotero will allow you to contribute to the shared bibliographies for the T-D-STS COVID-19 project.  (Each PECE instance has its own Zotero bibliography, which feeds into PECE every few hours.)  Again: you can learn Zotero at any point but don’t have to before our tutorial). 



See instructructions for adding PECE annotations. 

Building PECE Photo Essays

Collaboration Call


See time conversions.  

Email Kim Fortun for Zoom link ( 

Our session on Thursday, June 11 will be run as a tutorial for working  in our digital workspace -- the Disaster STS Network’s instance of the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE, pronounced “peace”).  

We’ll walk you through annotating (in response to questions we discuss in weekly meetings, for example) and building digital collections.  

In building digital collections, you archive (preserve material), create space and material to work collaboratively, and can move forward to multimedia publications.  See this overview of PECE as a triptych (supporting archiving, collaborative analysis and multimedia publication) and -- if you want, but not required -- this video (that shares more of the backstory and conceptualization of PECE). 

PECE Collaboration Agreement

In participating in PECE projects, I recognize that 1) PECE projects are designed to create public knowledge resources and new methods and infrastructures for creating such resources. As such, it depends on deep cooperation among participants, openness to diverse ideas and generous investment in the public good. 2) PECE projects are experimental, low-budget knowledge project that will require flexibility, cooperative effort, and patience with logistical changes and problems; 3) PECE projects are usually collaborative project so credit for creative products resulting from the project will often be be shared; author/s are free to re-use their own contributions elsewhere and are encouraged to share other people's work, with attribution. 4) PECE projects are led by a Design Group that has the responsibility and authority to oversee participation in the project, intervening as needed to meet project goals. Participation in the project is contingent on respectful relationships with other participants, compassionate sensibilities, and high ethical standards. Participation in PECE projects can be revoked by the Design Group at any time.

PECE Documentation & User's Guide