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Collecting Experiments: Making Big Data Biology

Bruno J. Strasser


This book traces the development and use of data collections, especially in the experimental life sciences, from the early twentieth century to the present. It shows that the current "big data" revolution is best understood as the coming together of two older ways of knowing-collecting and experimenting, the museum and the laboratory. This transformation has led to major changes in research practices and profound reflections on the proper professional roles of data producers, collectors, curators, and analysts. Exploring the history of a wide range of fields, including microbiology genetics, t ... More

Keywords: big data, collection, museum, laboratory, history, natural history, database, open access, public participation

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226634999
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226635187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruno J. Strasser, author
Yale University

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