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World Wide ResearchReshaping the Sciences and Humanities$
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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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6.1 An e-Infrastructure for the Social Sciences

6.1 An e-Infrastructure for the Social Sciences

(p.185) 6.1 An e-Infrastructure for the Social Sciences
World Wide Research

Rob Procter

The MIT Press

Since the 1960s, funding bodies around the world have made heavy investments in resources that provide the evidence base for social science research. However, there have been concerns that such resources are not being utilized to their full potential, especially with the emergence of new sources of social data. This chapter examines how e-Infrastructures can support the social sciences by making it easier to discover, access, and analyze data as well as promoting collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries. It considers barriers to efficient and effective explorations of the “data deluge” and the potential of e-Research to provide ways for social scientists to overcome these barriers.

Keywords:   e-Infrastructures, e-Research, data deluge, social sciences, collaboration

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