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

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Eric T. Meyer

UT Austin iSchool; University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Ralph Schroeder

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Meyer, Eric T. and Schroeder, Ralph, Untangling the Web of E-Research: Towards a Sociology of Online Knowledge (2009). Journal of Informetrics, Vol. 3, pp. 246-260. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1362418

Eric T. Meyer (Contact Author)

UT Austin iSchool ( email )

Austin, TX
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University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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Ralph Schroeder

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute ( email )

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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

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