What the Web Has Done for Scientific Data – and What It Hasn’t

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3739)


The web, together with database technology, has radically changed the way scientific research is conducted. Scientists now have access to an unprecedented quantity and range of data, and the speed and ease of communication of all forms of scientific data has increased hugely. This change has come at a price. Web and database technology no longer support some of the desirable properties of paper publication, and it has introduced new problems in maintaining the scientific record. This brief paper is an examination of some of these issues.


Relational Database Curated Database Database Technology Digital Preservation Unprecedented Quantity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of InformaticsUniversity of Edinburgh and Digital Curation Centre 

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