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Local or Global? Making Sense of the Data Sharing Imperative

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The deluge of research data has excited researchers, policy makers and the general public with the possibilities for exploring problems from climate to culture. Yet the very definition of “data” is contested, and determining whether something is “independently understandable” is problematic. Data rarely are simple objects that can be easily shared; rather they embody the epistemological perspectives of their creators/collectors/producers/authors. This talk will explore the matches and mismatches of motivations, interests and incentives of stakeholders in research data.

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