Reframing Data as a Gift

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Kadija Ferryman

Data & Society Research Institute

Date Written: April 21, 2017


In this talk, I use Mauss' theory of the gift in order to shift how we think about data sharing and data donation, particularly in the context of biomedical research. I argue that if we think of data as a gift, we can think of the role data can play in building relationships and exposing tensions and social hierarchies.

Keywords: data, biomedical research, ethics, anthropology

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Ferryman, Kadija, Reframing Data as a Gift (April 21, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

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