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On the Locality of Data and Claims about Phenomena

Leonelli, Sabina (2008) On the Locality of Data and Claims about Phenomena. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Bogen and Woodward (1988) characterise data as embedded in the context in which they are produced (‘local’) and claims about phenomena as retaining their significance beyond that context (‘non-local’). This view does not fit sciences such as biology, which successfully disseminate data via packaging processes that include appropriate labels, vehicles and human interventions. These processes enhance the evidential scope of data and ensure that claims about phenomena are understood in the same way across research communities. I conclude that the degree of locality characterising data and claims about phenomena varies depending on the packaging used to make them travel.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Leonelli, Sabina
Keywords: data; bioinformatics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Sabina Leonelli
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:17
Item ID: 4292

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