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Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press)

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Advances in communication and information technologies are connecting library, information, and computer sciences with subject matter disciplines to e-enable a growing range of research practices from data collection to publication and archiving. Professor Borgman is one of the few authorities in this emerging space who can speak clearly to all the relevant disciplines about the inter-related technical, social and institutional developments reconfiguring how scholars do what they do. This book will be of great value to students, researchers, and policy-makers interested in the implications of the digital age on scholarly work.

(Professor William H. Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford)

As Borgman asserts and illustrates, work is well underway to build an advanced information infrastructure to support scholarship and learning under many alternate rubrics. Lacking in much of this work, however, is an adequate appreciation of the intrinsic technical and social nature of infrastructurecyber or otherwise. In Scholarship in the Digital Age, Borgman has made a significant contribution to such understanding in ways that will have practical payoff for both the creators and users of emerging information infrastructure. She has also linked many important threads of research and development for building and understanding contemporary platforms for knowledge communities. This is an excellent book.

(Daniel E. Atkins, Professor of Information, Computer Science and Engineering, and Founding Dean, School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Comprehensive, comprehensible and authoritative...This book may be recommended to anyonescholar or practitionerinvolved in digital information infrastructures and provision.

(David Bawden Journal of Documentation)

In a world where scientific networks and communication are now increasingly visible and open, Borgman has illuminated the discussion of the scholarly communication system itself.

(Richard Akerman Nature)

There is no one better qualified than Christine Borgman to reflect on how scholarship is being affected by the emergence of digital technologies. She brings deep understanding about the practices of scholars, the historical and social forces that shape them, and the characteristics of the emerging technologies. This book is required reading for all those interested in twenty-first century scholarship.

(Gary M. Olson, Paul M. Fitts Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, School of Information, University of Michigan)

About the Author

Christine L. Borgman is Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure and Scholarship in the Digital Age (both winners of the "Best Information Science Book" award from ASIS&T), published by the MIT Press.
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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (October 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262026198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262026192
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 18, 2008
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FINAL REVIEW 22 June 2008

This is not a technical book, it focuses more on the socio-political aspects of how knowledge is communicated among scholars. While it addresses fraud, it does not address the ideological war against science, high crimes and misdemeanors including deliberate lies to the public, or the nuances of "fog facts" and "lost history."

The author brings to this effort past experience in the Alexandria Digital Earth prototype project, and the National Research Council's signposts in cyberspace inquiry.

It would be good to have other reviews.

Overview comment: The author has done an extraordinary job in designing this book--writing it must have been easy once the seven page outline of detailed contents was created.

My notes:

+ National Science Foundation (NSF) did not begin investing in cyber-infrastructure until 2006 (my first web site was created in 1994).

+ Grab this lady for the project. She integrates informaiton science, information psychology, information sociology, information politics, and information culture in a manner so well presented I don't mind the headache.

+ Cites G. C. Bowker on data diversity, and ends the book with the observation that search and retrieval across specialized data sources is till very difficult (See Steve Arnold's chapter <Search panacea or ploy:
Can collective intelligence improve findability?>, URL in the comment.
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I have spent the last dozen years working to put scholarly journals online, and thought that I was nearly done. Christine Borgman's book raises the questions that, I expect, will define the next dozen years of my career.
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This is a book that defines a central problem of information science: Ensuring that scholarly data is accessible and preserved. Right now, Borgman argues, we're failing on both counts. Not that she would make such a broad statement in this detailed treatise, which gives a broad overview of its subject but fails to illuminate it with any kind of narrative. The book is full of lines like this: "Efforts to 'database the world' of science are creating large repositories in some fields." The book would benefit tremendously if she would go into depth with one particular repository, to give the reader something concrete to grab a hold of rather than stating abstract facts over and over.

Borgman makes a compelling case that we have a problem; now we need someone to tell us how to solve it.
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This book was a disappointment. It just goes around in circles, either stating what it should go on or how things are in their infancy with a promise to change in the next decades. In the end this is not a guide, but just a speculation and a couple of diagrams. 20 years from now this book might be called "with a vision" or just be forgotten, but unless you like dry scholar analysis steer away from this one.
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