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Re-integrating scholarly infrastructure: the ambiguous role of data sharing platforms

Plantin, Jean-Christophe ORCID: 0000-0001-8041-6679, Lagoze, Carl and Edwards, Paul N. (2018) Re-integrating scholarly infrastructure: the ambiguous role of data sharing platforms. Big Data and Society, 5 (1). ISSN 2053-9517

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Identification Number: 10.1177/2053951718756683


Web-based platforms play an increasingly important role in managing and sharing research data of all types and sizes. This article presents a case study of the data storage, sharing, and management platform Figshare. We argue that such platforms are displacing and reconfiguring the infrastructure of norms, technologies, and institutions that underlies traditional scholarly communication. Using a theoretical framework that combines infrastructure studies with platform studies, we show that Figshare leverages the platform logic of core and complementary components to re-integrate a presently splintered scholarly infrastructure. By means of this logic, platforms may provide the path to bring data inside a scholarly communication system still optimized mainly for text publications. Yet the platform strategy also risks turning over critical scientific functions to private firms whose longevity, openness, and corporate goals remain uncertain. It may amplify the existing trend of splintering infrastructures, with attendant effects on equity of service

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors © CC BY-NC-ND
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 16:11
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:14

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