Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked by Christine L. Borgman

By Christine L. Borgman

"Big information" is at the covers of Science, Nature, the Economist, and Wired magazines, at the entrance pages of the Wall road Journal and the New York Times. yet regardless of the media hyperbole, as Christine Borgman issues out during this exam of information and scholarly study, having the proper information is mostly higher than having extra info; little info should be simply as invaluable as sizeable info. in lots of instances, there are not any info -- simply because correct info do not exist, can't be stumbled on, or aren't on hand. additionally, info sharing is tough, incentives to take action are minimum, and knowledge practices fluctuate commonly throughout disciplines.Borgman, an often-cited authority on scholarly conversation, argues that info don't have any price or which means in isolation; they exist inside of an information infrastructure -- an ecology of individuals, practices, applied sciences, associations, fabric gadgets, and relationships. After laying out the premises of her research -- six "provocations" intended to encourage dialogue concerning the makes use of of information in scholarship -- Borgman bargains case reviews of information practices within the sciences, the social sciences, and the arts, after which considers the results of her findings for scholarly perform and study coverage. to regulate and make the most facts over the long run, Borgman argues, calls for gigantic funding in wisdom infrastructures; at stake is the way forward for scholarship.

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