Yahoo seminar series: Christine Borgman

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad,  105 S. State St.

Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World

Monday, April 21, 12-1pm
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 NQ

The enthusiasm for “big data” is obscuring the complexity and diversity of data in scholarship. Inside the black box of “data” is a plethora of behavioral, technological, and policy issues. Publish or perish remains the clarion call of today’s scholars. Now they are being asked to release their data as well, which marks a fundamental transition in scholarly communication. Data are not shiny objects that are easily exchanged. Rather, they are fuzzy and poorly bounded entities. Data flows are uneven – abundant in some areas and sparse in others, either easily or rarely shared. Open access and open data are contested concepts that are often conflated. Data practices are local, varying from field to field, individual to individual, and country to country. Data can serve as a lens to observe the rapidly changing landscape of scholarly practice in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Many stakeholders are taking up the challenges and opportunities of managing this deluge of data: libraries, archives, private companies, and the scholars themselves. This talk is a preview of the book by this title.

About the Speaker:
Christine L. Borgman is Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA. She is the author of more than 200 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. Her monographs, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000), each won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Her next book, Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World, is forthcoming from MIT Press in late 2014. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery.