Christine Borgman: “Big Data, Little Data” Wins 2016 PROSE Award

Book by IS Presidential Chair was recognized by the Association of American Publishers.

Christine Borgman’s latest book, “Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World” (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015), has won the Computing & Information Sciences category for the 2016 PROSE Awards. The book presents a theoretical framework of people, practices, technologies, institutions, material objects, and relationships, and the idea that the value of data, whether big or little, lies in their accessibility and the capability to share them between people and over time.

The PROSE Awards, which are given by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing, as judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals.

“I’m delighted to receive this recognition for Big Data, Little Data, No Data, not only for the attention it will bring to the challenges of data management and policy, but to Information Studies as an essential part of Computer and Information Sciences,” says Borgman, distinguished professor and Presidential Chair in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies. “The MIT Press publishes extensively in these areas, thus being chosen by the Association of American Publishers as the best scholarly book in the Computing and Information Science category for 2015 is an especially great honor.”

Professor Borgman says that the PROSE Award will also bring renewed visibility to UCLA’s Center for Knowledge Infrastructures. The Center’s new research on scientific data practices is published in a wide range of information, computing, and scientific journals, including findings from a three-year project titled, “The Transformation of Knowledge, Culture, and Practice in Data-Driven Science: A Knowledge Infrastructures Perspective,” which was funded by the Sloan Foundation. Also in progress is a study of the uses and users of digital data archives, conducted in cooperation with the Digital Archiving and Networked Services program in the Netherlands.