mise en boite noire

English translation: "black-boxing"

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French term or phrase:"mise en boite noire"
English translation:"black-boxing"
Entered by: Jocelyne S

15:13 Oct 14, 2009
French to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Science (general)
French term or phrase: mise en boite noire
This comes in part of an academic article about regulating the sciences and technology. I have never encountered this term before and would appreciate background information on where the FR term (and its translation) come from.

La tradition STS est en la matière importante. Elle a porté une grande attention aux processus d’expertise, à la façon dont ceux-ci mettent en valeur ou marginalisent certains types de savoirs. Des notions comme celles de **« mise en boîte-noire »** ou de « script » ont par exemple été essentielles pour s’interroger sur la façon dont les spécifications techniques et la circulation des objets contribuent à façonner les pratiques.

Many thanks in advance,
Jocelyne
Jocelyne S
France
Local time: 14:13
black-boxing
Explanation:
(as discussed in reference entry)

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other refs. in philosophical contexts (science, sociology etc.):
http://is.gd/4ju1R
http://is.gd/4ju7c
http://is.gd/4judL (This seemed fairly germane: "Inside the politics of technology: agency and normativity in the coproduction of technology and society")



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v.q. http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/12/08/97/PDF/THESEJO...
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Martin Cassell
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black-boxing (vt/vi) as a process/phenomenon
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black-boxing


Explanation:
(as discussed in reference entry)

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other refs. in philosophical contexts (science, sociology etc.):
http://is.gd/4ju1R
http://is.gd/4ju7c
http://is.gd/4judL (This seemed fairly germane: "Inside the politics of technology: agency and normativity in the coproduction of technology and society")



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v.q. http://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/00/12/08/97/PDF/THESEJO...

Martin Cassell
United Kingdom
Local time: 13:13
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PRO pts in category: 8
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Thank you very much for the suggestion!

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agree  philgoddard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_box
37 mins
  -> thanks phil

agree  Cetacea
23 hrs
  -> Schön' Dank!
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Reference

Reference information:
# [PDF]
BlackBOX:
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
Script Development and Production ... (iv) blackBOX: A digital media script ... 1 Bruno Latour, “Opening Pandora's Black Box”, Science in Action: How To ...
epress.lib.uts.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/handle/2100/.../01front.pdf?... - Similar
by T Pentes - 2005 - All 12 versions
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Tsinghua Science & Technology : Novel Software Automated Testing ...
However, ATS is a black-box testing system based on J2EE theories such as MVC .... The critical testing script about the transformation of 281th tag of ...
linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1007021407700834 - Similar
by S Pei - 2007 - Cited by 2 - Related articles
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AfL Resources
Browser does not support script. ... Assessment for Learning; Beyond the Black Box. Assessment Reform Group 1999, ... Science Inside the Black Box ...
www.cfbt.com/lincolnshire/secondary.../aflresources.aspx - Cached - Similar

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What is black box? - Definition from Whatis.com
8 Aug 2008 ... A black box is any device, sometimes highly important, whose workings are not understood by or accessible to its user.
searchsoftwarequality.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid92_gci929101,00.html - Cached - Similar
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black box: Definition from Answers.com
black box n. A device or theoretical construct with known or specified performance characteristics but unknown or unspecified constituents and means.
www.answers.com/topic/black-box-theater - Cached - Similar

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Hello again

Was this text written in French, originally?

liz askew
United Kingdom
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 16
Note to reference poster
Asker: Hi Liz, I know what a black box is, but I've never seen it used in this (figurative?) sense - have you? I really need to understand what is meant by this expression in order to translate it properly. Hopefully some further answers will set me on the right path. Thanks for your contribution. Best, Jocelyne

Asker: Yes, it's a paper based on the research of four French academics and a workshop they ran. They quite like Foucault, so I'm also trying to explore that path, but so far have not come up with anything.


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agree  Martin Cassell
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Reference: black-boxing (vt/vi) as a process/phenomenon

Reference information:
When a process, device or machine (physical or virtual, such as a software object, aka "class") becomes taken for granted, and its inner workings are no longer questioned, it is said to be treated as a "black box".

As a technique, "black-boxing" is important in software engineering, and no doubt other fields too.

http://liftlab.com/think/nova/2009/04/01/definition-of-black...

"4.4 Question reformulation and 'black-boxing' "
-- Science as a Question Process, http://is.gd/4jsle

"Although error checking isn't complex, hiding it within the class allows the programmer to forget how the class works and merely rely on the fact that it does. This is often referred to as black boxing. Another usefulness of black boxing is that a complex task can overwhelm even the best of programmers." -- http://is.gd/4jsGu

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hmmm ... more I don't think about it, more plausible it seems ... at you suggestion, I have entered it as an answer

Martin Cassell
United Kingdom
Works in field
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 8
Note to reference poster
Asker: Thanks Martin. Do you think that "black-boxing" alone would do the job here? (If so, why don't you suggest it as an answer?) I'm certainly going to look into it further. Best, Jocelyne

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