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Title:On the value of "useless data": Infrastructures, biodiversity, and policy.
Author(s):Slota, Steve; Bowker, Geoffrey C.
Subject(s):history
theory and philosophy of information
information policy and open access
infrastructure studies
Abstract:As the ability to meaningfully process increasingly large quantities of data has improved, the need for systems to support the aggregation and subsequent use of disparate smaller datasets is correspondingly greater. The GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) is just one such project among a larger group seeking to aggregate the smaller, focused, and disparate sources of information generated for the work of science. GBIF is simultaneously an effort to coordinate and aggregate digital species occurrence data and digitize natural history collections into a single global-scale resource for biodiversity work. The basis for this paper is a critical study of the GBIF database and data portal as a socio-technical system.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Publisher:iSchools
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper/Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/73663
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-24


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