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Scholarship in the digital age : information, infrastructure, and the Internet / Christine L. Borgman.

Author / Creator Borgman, Christine L., 1951-
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2007.
Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 336 pages) : illustrations
Language English
Subject Communication in learning and scholarship -- Technological innovations.
Scholarly electronic publishing.
Information technology.
Learning and scholarship -- Social aspects.
REFERENCE -- Questions & Answers.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES -- Library & Information Science -- General.
Communication in learning and scholarship -- Technological innovations.
Information technology.
Learning and scholarship -- Social aspects.
Scholarly electronic publishing.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format E-Resource, Book
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ISBN 9780262255783
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Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-319) and index.
Summary 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. Christine L. Borgman is Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in the Networked World (MIT Press, 2000).
Other form Print version: Borgman, Christine L., 1951- Scholarship in the digital age. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2007 9780262026192 0262026198
Review by Choice Review

Both academics and practitioners in all fields have seen the Internet provide a nearly limitless supply of information at the click of a button. Since virtually none of it is peer reviewed, filtering the good information from the bad has been an active technology research topic for some years now. Borgman (UCLA) addresses nontechnical issues relating to Internet use, namely, sharing information freely in an open environment and the legal, economic, social, and political considerations involved. Although some may find it amusing that this scholarly work is published in the old-style book form rather than online, Borgman has organized the most significant topics for researchers to understand how Internet information is being used and can be used. After a short introduction, she describes existing data collections available for researchers; how different disciplines can use the Internet (with a focus on humanities and social science); the use of peer review, scholarly conferences, and publications; legal issues, e.g., copyright and fair use; making one's research available for others; and the author's view on the future of information scholarship. Best used as a reference for background information on Internet scholarship and research. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professional collections. H. J. Bender Education Process Improvement Center

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