I am a researcher in Science and Technology Studies, an advocate for democratization of science and technology and a mentor for open hardware projects.
I enjoy learning and finding new ways of doing things, while contributing to collaborative teams with a clear vision for change.
You will usually find me in roles of translation between different kinds of expertise, in projects at the crossroads of technology, sustainability, science and education.
Research and curriculum design, conducting interviews and facilitating sessions with multiple stakeholders, collecting and analyzing big volumes of qualitative data, writing and editing scientific materials.
Project management, problem-solving, conflict management, mentoring, fundraising, collaborative work, event organization.
Version control tools (git/GitHub/GitLab), basic web development (HTML, CSS, JS), Python and R scripts for data analysis, linked data ontology design using Protegé, operation of digital fabrication tools and programming of educational boards like Arduino, ESP32 or microBIT.
I speak Spanish (native), English (bilingual), French (A2) and some Portuguese.
Open Hardware Makersopenhardware.space
Co-founder (2019) of a global mentorship program for open hardware projects. General strategy, project management, curriculum design and communications. I led a global consultation for improving our curriculum with the open hardware community.
Co-founder (2017) of the network, ex-coordinator of Buenos Aires node, in charge of the strategy working group. I co-organized a regional residency in 2019, having previously co-organized a Global Open Science Hardware (GOSH) event in Shenzhen, China, in 2018.
2015 - Presentfund-cenit.org.ar
Doctoral researcher (2016-2021). Collaborator in ‘Open, Collaborative and Alternative Science: overcoming health, inclusion and environmental challenges in Argentina’ (2015-2016) funded by the International Development Research Centre, Canada (OCSDnet).
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
March 2021 - Presentwilsoncenter.org
Lead researcher and writer of a white paper seeking to understand the value of low cost and open source hardware for scientific research.
Global Open Science Hardware
Feb 2021 - Presentopenhardware.science
Coordinating the drafting of workshop reports and a policy brief targeting universities’ technology transfer offices
Journal of Open Hardware
2020 - Presentopenhardware.metajnl.com
Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Open Hardware (JOH), a peer reviewed open access publication for open hardware research and development.
2020 - Presentappropedia.org
Consultation services for a project in partnership with Intuitive Foundation (US), on the design and implementation of an ontology for remote learning of medical skills.
Designer and instructor of Wikidata workshops for undergrad students at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
Personal Data IO
November 2018 - May 2019personaldata.io
Working directly with the founder of the startup, I was in charge of fundraising, communications and community coordination, plus co-development of a platform for users to easily ask for their personal data to companies online.
University of Geneva
Mentor for Sustainable Development Goals' projects
July - September 2018gt-initiative.org
Mentor of Master’s students’ projects addressing the SDGs with a focus on challenge-based learning, community building and management of open source projects.
PhD in Science and Technology Studies
Universidad Nacional de Quilmes
My thesis (outstanding 10, with recommendation for publication) is titled Technologies from dialogues: Open science hardware and democratization in the “peripheria” and is available in Spanish at the UNQ online repository.
Lic. in Environmental Science
Universidad de Buenos Aires
5-year degree at the Agronomy College, orientation technology. My thesis was titled Quality assessment of sediments of the Reconquista River (Buenos Aires), with emphasis in heavy metals and is available in Spanish at the FAUBA online repository.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Postdoctoral research funding
Postdoctoral funding (USD 220,000) for two years at Drexel University, under supervision of Asoc. Prof. Gwen Ottinger
Personal grant (USD 12,000) supporting academic writing and community building
Personal grant (USD 5,000) to advance project LogAir
National Science and Research Council of Argentina (CONICET)
Full support for pursuing my PhD at CENIT-UNSAM
Publications and presentations
Arancio, J. C. (2020, July 17). Opening Up The Tools For Doing Science: The Case Of The Global Open Science Hardware Movement. SocArXiv https://doi.org/10.31235
Arancio, J. ‘Open science hardware: towards more democratic science and technology in Latin America?’ Proceedings of 15th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, University of Skövde, 2019.
Arancio, J.; Molloy, J. ‘The Global Open Science Hardware Roadmap: A Collaborative Effort towards Democratising Science Hardware’, extended abstract for Tech4Dev Conference 2018 - UNESCO/EPFL (Lausanne, SZ)
Arancio, J.; Sebastian, S.; Schwertz-Weirich, A.; Actis, G.; Cremaschi, A.; Arancibia, F.; Van Zwanenberg, P.; Fressoli, M. ‘Relato de experiencia - Workshop internacional de desarrollo abierto y colaborativo’ in Liinc Em Revista, 2018 https://doi.org/10.18617/liinc.v14i1.4132
Arancio, J. ‘Open Science Hardware contributes to aligning the research agenda with societal needs’, in Journal of Open Hardware Blog, 2020
Dosemagen, S; Arancio, J. ‘Open Hardware Distribution & Documentation Working Group series’, in Journal of Open Hardware Blog, 2020
Arancio, J. ‘Open science hardware across the Andes’ in GOSH blog, 2018
Arancio, J. ‘GOSH Roadmap: democratising technology, from a Latin American perspective’, in STEPS Centre Blog, 2018
Arancio, J. ‘OpenCon 2017: Des-idealizando lo abierto para una mejor apertura’ in PlanC blog, 2018
Arancio, J.; Fressoli, M.; Arza, V. ‘Agroecology meets open source technologies’ in OCSDnet Blog, 2016
Conferences & Workshops
STS Switzerland 2021 Conference (15-17 February 2021, Virtual) - Presenting author
4S/EASST Conference (18-20 August 2020, Virtual) - Presenting author
Doctoral Consortium - OpenSym (2019, Sweden) - Presenting author
Global Open Science Hardware gathering (2018, China) - Organizing committee
Mozilla Festival (2018, London) - Presenting author
OpenCon Swiss (2018, Bern) - Speaker
Tech4Dev (2018, Lausanne) - Presenting author
TECNOx (2018, Chile) - Speaker