Informatics Professor and Director of UC Irvine’s Values in Design Laboratory Geoffrey Bowker received the 2016 Best Information Science Book Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) for Boundary Objects and Beyond: Working with Leigh Star. The book was co-edited with Stefan Timmermans (UCLA), Adele E. Clarke (UCLA) and Ellen Balka (Simon Fraser University).
This annual award is given to an outstanding book relevant to the information sciences. Each nomination is judged for its importance to information science and technology, as well as for its readability, validity, originality, research significance and scholarship.
In Boundary Objects the editors collected the articles of Susan Leigh Star, one of the most influential science studies scholars of the last several decades who is known for her work on the marginalizing and liberating powers of technology science. This particular volume highlights her thinking on boundary objects, marginality and infrastructure, combined with essays by friends and colleagues (including Bowker who previously co-authored the landmark work Sorting Things Out with Star on the social and ethical histories in classification systems) as a testament to the wide-ranging and long-lasting influence of her work.