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Data at work: supporting sharing in science and engineering

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Data at work: supporting sharing in science and engineering
Data are a fundamental component of science and engineering work, and the ability to share data is critical to the validation and progress of science. Data sharing and reuse in some fields, however, has proven to be a difficult problem. This paper argues that the development of effective CSCW systems to support data sharing in work groups requires a better understanding of the use of data in practice. Drawing on our work with three scientific disciplines, we show that data play two general roles in scientific communities: 1) they serve as evidence to support scientific inquiry, and 2) they make a social contribution to the establishment and maintenance of communities of practice. A clearer consideration and understanding of these roles can contribute to the design of more effective data sharing systems. We suggest that this can be achieved through supporting social ion around data abstractions, reaching beyond current metadata models, and supporting the social roles of data. Categorie...
Jeremy P. Birnholtz, Matthew J. Bietz
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Year 2003
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Authors Jeremy P. Birnholtz, Matthew J. Bietz
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