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Science  27 Nov 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6264, pp. 1042
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad2423

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Database of Dreams tells the story of the enormous effort and expense that went into creating a once popular, but now long-forgotten archive of social science data. Tracing the archive's origins and evolution, reviewer Laura Stark describes how the archive's greatest virtue was also, ultimately, it's fatal flaw. Praising the book as "humane, hilarious, and smart," Stark distills lessons that are relevant to many of today's "big data" initiatives.