Studying the History of Social Science Data Archives as Knowledge Infrastructure

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Title: Studying the History of Social Science Data Archives as Knowledge Infrastructure
Authors: Shankar, Kalpana
Eschenfelder, Kristin R.
Downey, Greg
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7566
Date: 13-May-2016
Abstract: In this paper, we develop a brief history of Social Science Data Archives (SSDAs) and their implications for evolving scholarship on the sustainability and coordination of contemporary knowledge infrastructures.  We draw upon analyses of institutional and policy documents and interviews from active SSDAs as well as field level analyses of professional societies for staff and representatives of SSDAs.  We examine the history of SSDAs in shaping the social sciences of the latter part of the twentieth century, their strategies for remaining active and relevant through institutional and financial uncertainty, and conclude with implications for current STS scholarship in cyberinfrastructures and open data.
Funding Details: Irish Research Council
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage Publications
Keywords: Social science data archives;Sustainability;Social sciences;Data archives;Infrastructure studies
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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