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Title:Disappearing Disciplinary Borders in theSocial Sciences: Data Acquisition-Acess-Management
Author(s):Stiles, John and Libby Stephenson
Subject(s):Data management
Bibliographic control
Delivery of information
Information Dissemination
social science
Abstract:Quantitative approaches in social science research often focus on a cross-national perspective requiring the use of data from many different nations. Such research also tends to bring together researchers from different disciplines; sociology, geography, political science, economics and so forth. Disciplines tend to emerge around or become defined by shared practices/methods/content specialization. Support of research through the provision of discovery, access, collection, preservation, analytic tools and collaborative environments by data archives and libraries mirror many aspects of the divisions of geography and academic discipline toward which that support is directed. However, the boundaries between disciplines and institutional support settings differ in permeability - the extent to which people, goods, methods, and concepts flow across unimpeded - and can strengthen, weaken or disappear over time as these flows transform the settings in which they operate.
Issue Date:2008-08
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:International Federation of Library Associations
University of Toronto, Library
University of Toronto, Faculty of Information
University of Illinois, Library
Title VI National Resource Center Grant (P015A060066)
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-08-07

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