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Harnessing data

As scholarship has become increasingly data-intensive — the result of digital technologies and networks — it is important to ensure that many types of digital data can be reused for purposes that go well beyond those for which they were collected.

As scholarship has become increasingly data-intensive — the result of digital technologies and networks — it is important to ensure that many types of digital data can be reused for purposes that go well beyond those for which they were collected. The National Science Foundation recognizes this need in their Cyberinfrastructure Vision for the 21st Century [PDF]:

The enormous growth in the availability and utility of scientific data is increasing scholarly research productivity, accelerating the transformation of research outcomes into products and services, and enhancing the effectiveness of learning across the spectrum of human behavior. (p. 16)

Here are some examples of how digital data resources are being leveraged in a variety of fields:

In the earth sciences:

Computational biology has emerged from the potential to mine diverse digital data resources such as:

In the social sciences: