Week 04: Reading Open Archives

EPA Toxic Release Inventory, showing reporting facilities for Los Angeles. Screenshot by Tim Schütz, April 2021.


Read: Mah, A. (2017). Environmental justice in the age of big data: Challenging toxic blind spots of voice, speed, and expertise. Environmental Sociology3(2), 122-133. (link)


Read: Okune, A. (2020). Open Ethnographic Archiving as Feminist, Decolonizing Practice. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience 6 (2). (link)


Currie, M., Donovan, J., & Paris, B. (2018). Preserving for a More Just Future: Tactics of Activist Data Archiving. In Data Science Landscape (pp. 67-78). Springer, Singapore. (link)

Fortun, K., Fortun, M., Okune, A.,  Schütz, T. &  Su., S-Y. (2021). Civic Community Archiving with the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography: Double Binds and Design Challenges. HCI International 2021 Proceedings. (link)

Glinskis, E. (2018). Meet the Community Scientists Shaping the New Environmental Resistance,” The Nation. (link)

Mirowski, P. (2018). The future (s) of open science. Social studies of science48(2), 171-203. (link)

Rosner, D., Markowitz, G., & Chowkwanyun, M. (2018). ToxicDocs (www. ToxicDocs. org): from history buried in stacks of paper to open, searchable archives online. Journal of Public Health policy, 39(1), 4-11. (link)

Key Concept

community-university relations


1. Find a community archive or civic data resource related to your case study. 

2. Upload a website link or screenshot of the resource to the Disaster STS Network.

3. Annotate the artifact by responding to three analytics from the set Quotidian Anthropocenes: Civic Archives.