Perspective

Ensuring the Data-Rich Future of the Social Sciences

Science  11 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6018, pp. 719-721
DOI: 10.1126/science.1197872

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Abstract

Massive increases in the availability of informative social science data are making dramatic progress possible in analyzing, understanding, and addressing many major societal problems. Yet the same forces pose severe challenges to the scientific infrastructure supporting data sharing, data management, informatics, statistical methodology, and research ethics and policy, and these are collectively holding back progress. I address these changes and challenges and suggest what can be done.

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