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Towards future archives and historiographies of ’big biology’
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 55 (Feb-16) 41–44
February 2016 (First published online 18/10/2015 November 1999)
In their essays, the authors set out to explore the connections and interplay between historiographical and archival issues raised by the contemporary transformation of the life sciences into big science enterprises. Reflecting on narrative models, the nature and availability of sources, and the construction of archives, they challenge overly simplistic ‘big data’ strategies and propose a number of alternative methods for navigating ‘big biology’. Despite the diversity of their objects and perspectives, the essays draw out a number of salient cross-cutting themes relevant to this overarching goal.