“Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.”
        — Kranzberg’s First Law

I’m a researcher at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. I spend most of my time designing and building astrophysical data systems. Underpinning this work is my preoccupation with all of the ways that computers could be revolutionizing science and society — but aren’t yet.

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Latest post:

The Software Citation Station (Wagg & Broekgaarden 2024)

A new software citation project is hot off the presses — The Software Citation Station, as described in Wagg & Broekgaarden 2024 (arXiv:2406.04405). I was starting to build toward a discussion of this topic in my previous post so this is great timing, as far as I’m concerned!

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Software Indexing and Discoverability
Envisioning the Thingiverse
The Small Web and Science
DASCH Data are Now Queryable In VO Tools