COVID Collaboration Call: Learning PECE 2


James Adams, Pedro de la Torre III, Angela Okune,Tim Schütz, Prerna Srigyan, Kim Fortun. 2020. "COVID Collaboration Call: Learning PECE 2," TRANSnational STS COVID-19 Project. STS-Disaster Research Network.

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Try to build two kinds of essays (but one is fine if that is all you have time for; building each essay shouldn’t take more than an hour -- after you have your text and artifacts ready to go). 

  • An open PECE essay that describes and shares your research program, highlighting your  COVID interests (imagining the communities you study as possible audiences). When you set the essay up, select the Transnational Disaster STS COVID-19 Project as the group audience.  Select “open” under Permissions.  

Build an essay that you can link to from your bio page (like this one) in the platform. This is a good way to document and display the various projects you may be involved in within the disaster-sts network platform (or any PECE platform).  Below are nice examples from another project.  Here is the start of an essay of this sort for our COVID-19 project.

In this essay, you can experiment with the selection of diverse data (of different types pdfs, images, websites) that you think would be useful to look at as a group.  Here is the start of an essay along these lines. 

See the instructions for building PECE essays here.   

You’ll need jpegs to use for signage. You can create your signage in these slides, downloading the slides you make as jpegs.  There are instructions for building signage slides in the notes section of the first slide. For freely-usable, high-quality images, one option is; another is https://pixabay/.   Please credit photo authors when using their work if requested. 

You’ll also need to prepare the text you want to use and build a collection of artifacts (pdfs, video, etc).  See these instructions on how to add artifacts through your dashboard (click through in the upper right corner of any page). 

If you haven’t already requested membership in the COVID-19 Project Group, do so now. You’ll need to be registered for the site to do this.  To register, click here.

collaboration call Thursday, August 6, 6am PDT

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Email Kim Fortun for the Zoom link (

See log of previous Collaboration Calls.

This session will be a hands-on PECE building session -- a tutorial for working in our digital workspace,  the Disaster STS Network’s instance of the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE, pronounced “peace”).  

If you are new to PECE, see this overview of PECE as a triptych (supporting archiving, collaborative analysis and multimedia publication) and this video that shares the backstory and conceptualization of PECE. Then take the PECE tour and try the homework here. The video from our last PECE Party is embedded. 

 If you are ready to dive deeper, we encourage you to build a set of PECE essays.  A PECE essay is a signature genre of the platform: it is like a shadow box with lots of spaces you can fill with text, images, video, photo essays, and other PECE essays. A PECE essay can have lots of depth -- so supports both data-rich and more-than-linear narration. See assignment details in the middle column. 

Please also respond to the questions in the middle column.  Your responses will help us guide you through PECE. 

Try to do some hands-on work with PECE before the call. You can ask questions as you work on the PECE Slack channel. We'll take remaining questions during this call.  Don’t be shy to ask questions!  Even seemingly basic questions are important for all to return to.