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New Knowledge from Old Data
|Title||New Knowledge from Old Data|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Authors||Zimmerman, Ann S.|
|Journal||Science, Technology & Human Values|
This article analyzes the experiences of ecologists who used data they did not collect themselves. Specifically, the author examines the processes by which ecologists understand and assess the quality of the data they reuse, and investigates the role that standard methods of data collection play in these processes. Though standardization is one means by which scientific knowledge is transported from local to public spheres, the results of research done for this article show that knowledge of the local context is critical to ecologists' reuse of data. Yet, this information is often left behind as data move from the private to the public world. Social processes also play a role in ecologists' efforts to judge the quality of data they reuse.