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Big Data Is the Answer... But What Is the Question?

Published inOsiris, vol. 32, no. 1, p. 328-345
Publication date2017

Rethinking histories of data requires not only better answers to existing questions, but also better questions. We suggest eight such questions here. What counts as data? How are objects related to data? What are digital data? What makes data measurable, and what does quantification do to data? What counts as an “information age” ? Why do we keep data, and how do we decide which data to lose or forget? Who owns data, and who uses them? Finally, how does “Big Data” transform the geography of science? Each question is a provocation to reconsider the meanings and uses of “data” not only in the past but in the present as well.

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STRASSER, Bruno J., EDWARDS, Paul N. Big Data Is the Answer... But What Is the Question? In: Osiris, 2017, vol. 32, n° 1, p. 328–345. doi: 10.1086/694223
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