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Title:Theories of Evolution and Cultural Diffusion: The Dryad Repository Case Study for Understanding Changes in Organizing Information Practices
Author(s):Greenberg, Jane
Subject(s):Organizing information
Cultural diffusion
Digital repository
Abstract:Digital networked and graphical technology is having a significant impact not only on the processes for creating, disseminating, and sharing information, but the practices for organizing information. These changes need to be studied and understood in order to keep apace of new developments and to consider how they may improve information organization. This paper considers theories of evolution and cultural diffusion for explaining and contextualizing the change in organizing information practices. The paper discusses these theories and their value for studying change. A case study focuses on the Dryad repository for data underlying published research in the field of evolutionary biology. This inquiry indicates that the theories of evolution and cultural diffusion are applicable to Dryad and reflective of change.
Issue Date:2009-02-08
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-03-18

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