World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities (MIT Press)

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Experts examine ways in which the use of increasingly powerful and versatile digital information and communication technologies are transforming research activities across all disciplines.

Advances in information and communication technology are transforming the way scholarly research is conducted across all disciplines. The use of increasingly powerful and versatile computer-based and networked systems promises to change research activity as profoundly as the mobile phone, the Internet, and email have changed everyday life. This book offers a comprehensive and accessible view of the use of these new approaches--called "e-Research"--and their ethical, legal, and institutional implications. The contributors, leading scholars from a range of disciplines, focus on how e-Research is reshaping not only how research is done but also, and more important, its outcomes. By anchoring their discussion in specific examples and case studies, they identify and analyze a promising set of practical developments and results associated with e-Research innovations. The contributors, who include Geoffrey Bowker, Christine Borgman, Paul Edwards, Tim Berners-Lee, and Hal Abelson, explain why and how e-Research activity can reconfigure access to networks of information, expertise, and experience, changing what researchers observe, with whom they collaborate, how they share information, what methods they use to report their findings, and what knowledge is required to do this. They discuss both the means of e-Research (new research-centered computational networks) and its purpose (to improve the quality of world-wide research).

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William H. Dutton is Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, Professor of Internet Studies, and Professorial Fellow of Balliol College at the University of Oxford.


Research is finally catching up with the World Wide Web. While some humanists and social scientists have been quick to use new web tools in their work, most fields have lagged behind. World Wide Research shows that this is changing. The technologies are altering the access and management of information and making possible new lines of research. Happily, the contributors don't just assert possibilities; they report on actual research, showing how Web tools are speeding globalization, changing patterns of collaboration, and raising new ethical issues. This book is perhaps the best place to start learning about trends that are reshaping research.

(Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council)

The editors have definitely succeeded to attract interesting authors and produce a well orchestrated collection of texts.

(Professor Elena Maceviciute Information Research)

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