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Title:Value and Context in Data Use: Domain Analysis Revisited
Author(s):Weber, Nicholas M.; Baker, Karen S.; Thomer, Andrea K.; Chao, Tiffany C.; Palmer, Carole L.
Subject(s):Cyberinfrastructure, eScience, Data curation
Abstract:“Context” is an elusive concept in Information Science – often invoked, and yet rarely explained. In this paper we take a domain analytic approach to examine five sub-disciplines within Earth Systems Science to show how the context of data production and use often impacts the value of data. We argue simply that the value of research data increases with their use. Our analysis is informed by two economic perspectives: first, that data production needs to be situated within a broader information economy; and second, that the concept of anti-fragility helps explain how data increase in value through exposure to diverse contexts of use. We discuss the importance of these perspectives for the development of information systems capable of facilitating interdisciplinary scientific work, as well as the design of sustainable cyberinfrastructures.
Issue Date:2012
Publisher:ASIST, Wiley
Citation Info:Weber, N. M., Baker, K. S., Thomer, A. K., Chao, T. C., & Palmer, C. L. (2012). Value and context in data use: Domain analysis revisited. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 49(1), 1-10.
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-03-31

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