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Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World

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  • Author(s): Christine L. Borgman
  • Publication Information:
    Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press. 2015
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Type:
      eBook.
    • Abstract:
      An examination of the uses of data within a changing knowledge infrastructure, offering analysis and case studies from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.“Big Data” is on the covers of Science, Nature, the Economist, and Wired magazines, on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. But despite the media hyperbole, as Christine Borgman points out in this examination of data and scholarly research, having the right data is usually better than having more data; little data can be just as valuable as big data. In many cases, there are no data—because relevant data don't exist, cannot be found, or are not available. Moreover, data sharing is difficult, incentives to do so are minimal, and data practices vary widely across disciplines.Borgman, an often-cited authority on scholarly communication, argues that data have no value or meaning in isolation; they exist within a knowledge infrastructure—an ecology of people, practices, technologies, institutions, material objects, and relationships. After laying out the premises of her investigation—six “provocations” meant to inspire discussion about the uses of data in scholarship—Borgman offers case studies of data practices in the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, and then considers the implications of her findings for scholarly practice and research policy. To manage and exploit data over the long term, Borgman argues, requires massive investment in knowledge infrastructures; at stake is the future of scholarship.
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      9780262028561. 9780262529914. 9780262327862. 9780262327879.
    • Accession Number:
      900409008
    • Accession Number:
      940548
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    • ABNT:
      CHRISTINE L. BORGMAN. Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2015. ISBN 9780262028561. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=940548&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 6 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Christine L. Borgman. Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press; 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=940548&custid=s8280428. Accessed August 6, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Christine L. Borgman. Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World. The MIT Press; 2015. Accessed August 6, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=940548&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Christine L. Borgman. (2015). Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World. The MIT Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Christine L. Borgman. 2015. Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=940548&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Christine L. Borgman (2015) Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=940548&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 6 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Christine L. Borgman 2015, Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, viewed 6 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Christine L. Borgman. Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World. The MIT Press, 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=940548&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Christine L. Borgman. Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=940548&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Christine L. Borgman. Big Data, Little Data, No Data : Scholarship in the Networked World [Internet]. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press; 2015 [cited 2020 Aug 6]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=940548&custid=s8280428