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Scholarship in the Digital Age : Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet - Christine L. Borgman

Scholarship in the Digital Age

Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet

Paperback Published: 30th September 2010
ISBN: 9780262514903
Number Of Pages: 360
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Awarded 2008 "Best Information Science Book" by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Scholars in all fields now have access to an unprecedented wealth of online information, tools, and services. The Internet lies at the core of an information infrastructure for distributed, data-intensive, and collaborative research. Although much attention has been paid to the new technologies making this possible, from digitized books to sensor networks, it is the underlying social and policy changes that will have the most lasting effect on the scholarly enterprise. In "Scholarship in the Digital Age, " Christine Borgman explores the technical, social, legal, and economic aspects of the kind of infrastructure that we should be building for scholarly research in the twenty-first century. Borgman describes the roles that information technology plays at every stage in the life cycle of a research project and contrasts these new capabilities with the relatively stable system of scholarly communication, which remains based on publishing in journals, books, and conference proceedings. No framework for the impending "data deluge" exists comparable to that for publishing. Analyzing scholarly practices in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, Borgman compares each discipline's approach to infrastructure issues. In the process, she challenges the many stakeholders in the scholarly infrastructure--scholars, publishers, libraries, funding agencies, and others--to look beyond their own domains to address the interaction of technical, legal, economic, social, political, and disciplinary concerns. "Scholarship in the Digital Age" will provoke a stimulating conversation among all who depend on a rich and robust scholarly environment.

In a world where scientific networks and communication are now increasingly visible and open, Borgman has illuminated the discussion of the scholarly communication system itself.

-Richard Akerman , Nature
Comprehensive, comprehensible and authoritative...This book may be recommended to anyonescholar or practitionerinvolved in digital information infrastructures and provision.

-David Bawden * Reviews *
In a world where scientific networks and communication are now increasingly visible and open, Borgman has illuminated the discussion of the scholarly communication system itself.

-Richard Akerman , Nature * Reviews *

Detailed Contentsp. ix
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Scholarship at a Crossroadsp. 1
Building the Scholarly Infrastructurep. 13
Embedded Everywherep. 33
The Continuity of Scholarly Communicationp. 47
The Discontinuity of Scholarly Publishingp. 75
Data: The Input and Output of Scholarshipp. 115
Building an Infrastructure for Informationp. 149
Disciplines, Documents, and Datap. 179
The View from Herep. 227
Referencesp. 267
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9780262514903
ISBN-10: 0262514907
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 30th September 2010
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49