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Disciplining Data

Kathleen Gregory

Disciplinary domains frame data work and our understanding and support of research data practices. Not only do disciplinary norms shape researchers’ practices of data creation, sharing and reuse, but other actors - repositories, system developers, research evaluators, and researchers of science and scholarly communication - rely on disciplinary classifications to develop tools and services and to make decisions.
In this exploratory talk, I discuss some of the thorny issues which arise when disciplining data, both in terms of determining the disciplines of data and in taming data to fit into existing classification systems and approaches. I look at the ways in which data are disciplined from three different perspectives at varying distances from data, that of researchers, repositories and scholarly communication scholars and infrastructure developers. I consider what disciplinary classifications for data represent and what might be gained and lost in the process of disciplining data.

Talk presented at CAPTURE talk series at the University of Uppsala
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