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

by Joshua New
Christine Borgman

In her new book, Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World, information sciences professor Christine Borgman argues how the future of effective scholarship hinges upon massive investments in the knowledge infrastructures—which includes people, technologies, and relationships—that make big data valuable. Borgman describes how data, in a vacuum, is worthless, and that many areas of scholarship lack the necessary knowledge infrastructures to use data effectively. Bergman includes case studies about how data impacts the sciences and humanities, and discusses how practices such as reusing data and attribution could be reformed to make data more valuable for academia.

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