Untangling the Web of E-Research: Towards a Sociology of Online Knowledge
Journal of Informetrics, Vol. 3, pp. 246-260
28 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2009 Last revised: 30 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2009
e-Research is a rapidly growing research area, both in terms of publications and in terms of funding. In this article we argue that it is necessary to reconceptualize the ways in which we seek to measure and understand e-Research by developing a sociology of knowledge based on our understanding of how science has been transformed historically and shifted into online forms. Next, we report data which allows the examination of e-Research through a variety of traces in order to begin to understand how the knowledge in the realm of e-Research has been and is being constructed. These data indicate that e-Research has had a variable impact in different fields of research. We argue that only an overall account of the scale and scope of e-Research within and between different fields makes it possible to identify the organizational coherence and diffuseness of e-Research in terms of its socio-technical networks, and thus to identify the contributions of e-Research to various research fronts in the online production of knowledge.
Keywords: e-Research, informatics, interdisciplinary, sociology
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