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The Time of Data: Time-Scales of Data Use in the Life Sciences

Leonelli, Sabina (2017) The Time of Data: Time-Scales of Data Use in the Life Sciences. [Preprint]


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This paper considers the temporal dimension of data processing and use, and the ways in which it affects the production and interpretation of knowledge claims. I start by distinguishing the time at which data collection, dissemination and analysis occur (Data time, or Dt) from the time in which the phenomena for which data serve as evidence operate (Phenomena time, or Pt). Building on the analysis of two examples of data re-use from modelling and experimental practices in biology, I then argue that Dt affects how researchers (1) select and interpret data as evidence and (2) identify and understand phenomena.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: data; phenomena; molecular biology; historical sciences; plant science; databases
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Depositing User: Sabina Leonelli
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 14:19
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 14:19
Item ID: 14178
Subjects: General Issues > Data
Date: 9 October 2017

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