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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: [2008] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    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)
    Keywords: data; bioinformatics
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
    General Issues > Theory/Observation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2008] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 21st Biennial Mtg (Pittsburgh, PA) > PSA 2008 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Sabina Leonelli
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:17
    Item ID: 4292
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4292

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