Christine Borgman on University Stewardship of Data

Big Data, Little Data, No Data

Harvard Professor and EPIC Advisor Christine Borgman gave a lecture on “Open Data, Grey Data, and Stewardship”at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.  Professor Borgman’s talk specifically focused on the large amount of data universities house. “Universities have moved into a data-rich world,” Borgman says. While it’s great to have these digital resources, many of them fall outside of formal data management rules. As a result, Borgman says this information may become the “Wild West” of data usage.  Moreover, when we think of all the aspects of university life that’s been automated – such as, instruction, student services, libraries, personnel management, building management, and finance, it leads to what Borgman calls a “profusion of discrete data about the activities of individuals.” See the full lecture below.

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