The start of data sharing was the production of turning scientific knowledge into words that can be understood by the public. Scientific data started the printing press due to the fact that it successfully transferred one’s knowledge to many. However, in order to mass produce such large amount of knowledge onto a small area of paper, large amount of money was needed (Pisani, 2011). As a result, the knowledge wasn’t fully interpreted, furthermore, it was unable to reach a wide range of people.
Then the creation of the digital age resulted to a rapid development in data sharing. Such medium also allowed the knowledge to reach countless of people and the capacity is limitless. However, data sharing can be risky due to the fact that there are data that would cause potential damage to an individual or the society (Pisani, 2011). Such data can include the exposing of a mistake an individual made or the exposing of how to make a lethal weapon. Therefore, some digital data archive will build a security wall which limits access to the knowledge. The digital print has unlimited access around the world yet the things that can be accessed are limited. However, as society is advancing more towards the digital media, the accessibility towards more knowledge is becoming more convenient. Scientific knowledge is being published in more interesting and different ways (Wilbanks, 2011).
For science data to be processed in today’s rapidly developing society, science itself needs to change as well (Fish, 2009). When data is stored in the digital press it creates difficulty to encode all the details and limits towards the data. For example word document, there are a lot of words and grammar that has to be encoded before the programme is functional. Additionally, when the data base is failing there is no way of re-collecting the data that has been lost. On the other hand, if the data base undergoes continually up-dating through data sharing by multiple individuals, the data would not fail.
Data sharing brings many ideas together to interact in order to form greater ideas (Pisani, 2011). The collaboration of data in order to create new data and knowledge allows advance in technology, culture and society.
Although it would be interesting to explore the new scientific data within China, these concepts would not help my research of China’s Golden Shield Project and its influence. As well as the transversal across fields and the ecology of a society heavily influenced by its government.
Pisani, Elizabeth (2011) ‘Medical science will benefit from the research of crowds’, The Guardian, January 11, viewed 6th May 2012, <http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jan/11/medical-research-data-sharing>
Wilbanks, John (2011) ‘On Science Publishing’, Seed, viewed 6th May 2012, <http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/on_science_publishing>
Fish, Greg (2009) ‘why your dna is nothing like a database’, Weird Things, viewed 6th May 2012, <http://worldofweirdthings.com/2009/10/21/why-your-dna-is-nothing-like-a-database/>