The Ocean Tracking Network: Explorations in Global Scientific Change

By Richard Apostle.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) provides a unique opportunity to explore some
of the major debates in the sociology of science and technology in an internationally-comparative framework. The basic technological Innovations this network will use are electronic transmitters to be implanted on or in marine mammals and fish, with acoustic signals being monitored by receivers arranged in at least fourteen different oceans
(surrounding all seven continents). The tags will not only track animal mobility, but will provide information on ocean conditions, including factors such as temperature and depth. The primary metaphor which has been employed to describe these receivers is “listening curtains”. This paper, coming in the very early days of the project, will provide a descriptive framework with which to assess the research. The paper will also evaluate appropriate comparative frameworks for social science analysis, examine the applicability of actor-network-theory (ANT) as a suitable approach to science and technology questions; and consider potential policy implications for industry, government and community.

Keywords: Ocean Tracking Network

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.137-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.653MB).

Prof. Richard Apostle

Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Richard Apostle is a Professor in the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department of Dalhousie University. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Manitoba and Simon Fraser University (B.A. Honours First Class/ 1968), and his graduate education at the University of California at Berkeley (M.A./ 1970, Ph.D./ 1975). His major publications deal with maritime social science, socioeconomic segmentation, and library and information science. His current research activities focus on sustainable development and fisheries-dependent economies. He has held a series of major grants from private and public agencies for his research work.