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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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Coda: The Ends and Means of World Wide Research

Coda: The Ends and Means of World Wide Research

(p.343) Coda: The Ends and Means of World Wide Research
World Wide Research

William H. Dutton

Paul W. Jeffreys

The MIT Press

This book has explored the dynamics of the relationship between the means of conducting e-Research and their expected ends, and has demonstrated that outcomes on collaboration, data sharing, and open science were the objectives of early proponents of e-Research. However, its emphasis on how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can reconfigure access provides a framework for understanding why these outcomes are socially shaped and not inevitable, and how they depend on numerous decisions and on different research, social, and institutional settings that may yield many different outcomes in different environments. Hence, the book has discussed the importance of the social shaping of technical change and its impacts, and has underscored the need to focus on the ends of research in the design and use of research-centered computational networks to achieve higher-quality research outcomes and hence enhance theory, policy, practice, and broader social and economic well-being.

Keywords:   e-Research, collaboration, data sharing, open science, ICTs, research outcomes, technical change, well-being, computational networks

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