Comparing platforms and the new value economy in the academy

Susan L. Robertson

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The arrival of the “big data” revolution has presented social scientists with new challenges as to how best to understand it as a phenomenon, and which conceptual and methodological approaches we might use to research it. This chapter aims to extend our descriptions and theorizations of data and platforms with a particular emphasis on what can be revealed through comparing platforms. I introduce the platform as a new kind of organizational form, show the ubiquity of platforms in the higher education sector, and the ways in which they mediate a range of new forms of knowledge creation, their circulation, and their consumption in the higher education sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Yearbook of Education 2019
Subtitle of host publicationComparative Methodology in the Era of Big Data and Global Networks
EditorsRadhika Gorur, Sam Sellar, Gita Steiner-Khamsi
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781315147338
ISBN (Print)9781138550728
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameWorld Yearbook of Education Series

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