The PAGANINI project includes a range of different case studies that are worked upon by different teams. One way to make things working despite all these differences is to share a common language. This is our ‘PAGANINI vocabulary’, that is the set of concepts, that we all draw upon when we make sense of our case studies and workpackages. It has been elaborated by our team in Amsterdam.
Contextures
(Lynch 1991) in the PAGANINI project are understood as the structures that are instantiated in, and therefore of influence on, practices of science and governance (which in turn reproduce and co-constitutes these structures), and include mutually supportive regimes of implicit and explicit rules and conventions (including ‘regimes of justification’), the dynamics in technological and scientific development and political organisation, and basic economic dynamics. To provide readers of PAGANINI case-studies with sufficient background information to understand the issues and practices investigated in their context, the case reports include descriptions of the observable precipitations of these structure in the shape of (reified) innovation systems (‘technoscapes’), political systems (formal political institutions, national styles of government) as well as (where relevant) the concrete socio-material environments of scientific knowledge-making (physical sites, equipment) and political judgment and will formation (physical sites, documents and so on).