Doing data in the social sciences and humanities: links to and from published work

Peter Burnhill
Director, EDINA, University of Edinburgh
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How should data feature in the scholarly publication process, and who should be doing what to ensure ease and continuity of access to those data that underpin statements in published work? Data drive their value as potential as evidence; being digital provides opportunity for valued-added curation but also liabiity for loss; being network-accessible is opportunity for linkage. Secondary analysis of the evidential value of data underpins scholarship but how should data feature in scholarly publication? There is threat of loss but also much opportunity for value-added curation and linkage. Who should be doing what to ensure ease and continuity of access to data used for published work? Just how different is ‘data’ across the disciplines – or is it all just digital?

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