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Ribes, D. (2014). Redistributing representational work: Tracing a material multidisciplinary link. In A. Carusi, A. S. Hoel, T. Webmoor & S. Woolgar (Eds.), Visualization in the Age of Computerization. London: Routledge.

We primarily understand multidisciplinary links to be human relationships across various domains of expertise. This human focus directs our attention at questions of communication, shared language, or diverging viewpoints. However, multidisciplinarity does not occur as solely a human-to-human link; rather, in the face of large datasets, scientists have come to rely on visualization software to automate the production of tractable representations. As such, this chapter follows the productive work of one computer scientist as she built visualization tools for the sciences and medicine using techniques from experimental psychology. While her methods and findings were documented in scholarly publications, her research outcomes independently informed the production of future visualization tools. Consequently, these technologies became incorporated into a process of scientific knowledge production in another field — directly sustaining a multidisciplinary relationship through technology itself, rather than relying exclusively on human-to-human collaborations.