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Humanist Archives: May 21, 2020, 9:04 a.m. Humanist 34.43 - pubs: Natures of Data

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 43.
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        Date: 2020-05-20 10:43:00+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: Natures of Data (2020)

A new publication of possible interest:

Philipp Fischer, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Christoph Hoffmann, Hans
Hofmann, Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, Hannes Rickli. Natures of Data: A
Discussion between Biology, History and Philosophy of Science and Art.
Zürich: Diaphanes, 2020.

> Computer-based technologies for the production and analysis of data
> have been an integral part of biological research since the 1990s at
> the latest. This not only applies to genomics and its offshoots but
> also to less conspicuous subsections such as ecology. But little
> consideration has been given to how this has changed research
> practically. How and when do data become questionable? To what extent
> does the necessary infrastructure influence the research process?
> What status is given to software and algorithms in the production and
> analysis of data?
> These questions were discussed for two days in September 2016 by the
> biologists Philipp Fischer und Hans Hofmann, the philosopher Gabriele
> Gramelsberger, the historian of science and biology Hans-Jörg
> Rheinberger, the science theorist Christoph Hoffmann, and the artist
> Hannes Rickli. The conditions of experimentation in the digital
> sphere are examined in four chapters—“Data,” “Software,”
> “Infrastructure,” and “in silico”—in which the different perspectives
> of the discussion partners complement one another. The aim is not to
> confirm one’s own point of view, but through reciprocal interchange
> to gain a deepened understanding of the contemporary basis of
> biological research.

See https://www.diaphanes.net/titel/natures-of-data-5988 for print and pdf.


Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)

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