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Title:Context and collection: A research agenda for small data
Author(s):Abreu, Amelia; Acker, Amelia
Subject(s):big data
data curation
infrastructure studies
small data
digital curation and preservation
information policy
social computing
Abstract:In recent years, big data has become a prevalent issue for information studies. In an era of big data, can we contemplate research data that relies more on the context of creation than volume and variety of source. In this note, we report on early findings of phenomena we identify as small data. Despite the outpouring of critique and theoretical assertions related to big data, little attention has been paid to the collections, researchers and collecting institutions that get left out the rhetoric of big data. We present criteria for small data and explore some of the issues inherent in developing small data research. The resulting analysis develops future directions towards a comprehensive small data research agenda. We also develop and discuss factors for consideration in context, preservation and access of both big and small data.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Abreu, A., & Acker, A. (2013). Context and collection: A research agenda for small data. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 549-554). doi:10.9776/13275
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-30

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