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Leonelli, Sabina (2016) Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study. Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press. pp. 288.

Journal articles

pdf Ankeny, R.A. (2017) Bringing Data Out of the Shadows. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 42(2): 306–310.

Bezuidenhout, L., Rappert, B. Kelly, A. and Leonelli, S. (in press, 2017) Beyond the digital divide: Towards a situated approach to open data. Science and Public Policy.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2016) Locating Ethics in Data Science: Responsibility and Accountability in Global and Distributed Knowledge Production. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Part A, 374: 20160122 (12 pg).

pdf Ankeny, R.A. and Leonelli, S. (2016) Repertoires: A post-Kuhnian perspective on scientific change and collaborative research. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science part A, 60: 18–28.

pdf Leonelli, S., Rappert, B. and Davies, G. (2016) Introduction — Data Shadows: Knowledge, Openness, and Absence (Editorial to special issue). Science, Technology, & Human Values, 42(2): 191–202. doi: 10.1177/0162243916687039

pdf Levin, N. and Leonelli, S. (2016) How does one “open” science? Questions of value in biological research. Science, Technology and Human Values, 0162243916672071 (pp. 1–26). doi: 10.1177/0162243916672071.

Bezuidenhout, L., Kelly, A.H., Leonelli, S. and Rappert, B. (2016) $100 Is Not Much To You: Open Access and Neglected Accessibilities for Data-Driven Science in Africa. Critical Public Health, 27(1): 39-49. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2016.1252832.

pdf Canali, S. (2016) Big Data, epistemology and causality: Knowledge in and knowledge out in EXPOsOMICS. Big Data and Society, 2(3). doi: 10.1177/2053951716669530.

pdf Aicardi, C., Del Savio, L., Dove, E. S., Lucivero, F., Tempini, N. and Prainsack, B. (2016) Emerging ethical issues regarding digital health data. On the World Medical Association Draft Declaration on Ethical Considerations Regarding Health Databases and Biobanks. Croatian Medical Journal, 57 (2): 207–213.

pdf Levin, N., Leonelli, S., Weckowska, D. et al. (2016) How Do Scientists Define Openness? Exploring the Relationship Between Open Science Policies and Research Practice. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 36(2): 128–141. doi: 10.1177/0270467616668760.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2016) The disruptive potential of data publication. Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London (Spec. Iss.). doi: D10.1098/rsnr.2016.0036.

pdf Davies, G.F., Greenhough, B.J. et al. (2016) Developing a Collaborative Agenda for Humanities and Social Scientific Research on Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare. PLoS ONE, 11(7): e0158791.

Bezuidenhout, L. and Rappert, B. (2016) What hinders data sharing in African science? Proceedings of the 4th CODESRIA conference on electronic publishing, pp 1–13.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2015) What Counts as Scientific Data? A Relational Framework. Philosophy of Science, 82(5): 810–821.

pdf Leonelli, S. and Ankeny, R.A. (2015) Repertoires: How to Transform a Project into a Research Community. BioScience, 65(7): 701–708.

pdf Leonelli, S., Spichtiger, D. and Prainsack, B. (2015) Sticks AND Carrots: Encouraging open science at its roots. Geo, 2(1): 12–16. doi: 10.1002/geo2.2. Two substantive responses to this paper have been published on

Cordella, A. and Tempini, N. (2015) E-government and organizational change: Reappraising the role of ICT and bureaucracy in public service delivery. Government Information Quarterly (online first). doi: 10.1016/j.giq.2015.03.005.

pdf Tempini, N. (2015) Governing PatientsLikeMe: information production and research through an open, distributed and data-based social media network. The Information Society, 31(2):193–211.

pdf Kallinikos, J., and Tempini, N. (2014) Patient Data as Medical Facts: Social Media Practices as a Foundation for Medical Knowledge Creation. Information Systems Research, 25(4):817–833.

pdf Ankeny, R.A., Leonelli, S., Nelson, N. and Ramsden, E. (2014) Making Organisms Model Humans: Situated Models in Alcohol Research. Science in Context, 27(3): 485–509.

doc Charmantier, I. and Müller-Wille, S. (2014) Worlds of Paper: An Introduction. Early Science and Medicine, 19(5):379–397.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2014) What difference does quantity make? On the epistemology of Big Data in biology. Big Data & Society, 1:1–11. doi: 10.1177/2053951714534395.

pdf Charmantier, I. and Müller-Wille, S. (2014) Carl Linnaeus's botanical paper slips (1767–1773). Intellectual History Review, 24(2):215–238. doi: 10.1080/17496977.2014.914643.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2014) Data Interpretation in the Digital Age. Perspectives on Science. doi: 10.1162/POSC_a_00140.

pdf Aaltonen, A., and Tempini, N. (2014) Everything counts in large amounts: a critical realist case study on data-based production. Journal of Information Technology 29(1):97–110.

Boumans, M. and Leonelli, S. (2013) Introduction: On the Philosophy of Science in Practice. Journal for the General Philosophy of Science, 44: 259. doi:10.1007/s10838-013-9232-6.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2013) Integrating Data to Acquire New Knowledge: Three Modes of Integration in Plant Science. Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences: Part C, 44(4-A): 503–514. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.03.020.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2013) Why the Current Insistence on Open Access to Scientific Data? Big Data, Knowledge Production and the Political Economy of Contemporary Biology. Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 33(1–2): 6–11. doi: 10.1177/0270467613496768. Supplemental mp3 podcast available.

Leonelli, S. and Ankeny, R. A. (2013) What Makes a Model Organism? Endeavour, 37: 209–212. doi: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2013.06.001.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2013) Global Data for Local Science: Assessing the Scale of Data Infrastructures in Biological and Biomedical Research. BioSocieties, 8:449–465. doi: 10.1057/biosoc.2013.23.

pdf Davies, G., Frow, E. and Leonelli, S. (2013) Bigger, Faster, Better? Rhetorics and Practices of Large-Scale Research in Contemporary Bioscience (Introduction to Special Issue of same title, edited by Davies, Frow & Leonelli). BioSocieties, 8: 386–396. doi: 10.1057/biosoc.2013.26.

pdf Leonelli, S., Smirnoff, N., Moore, J., Cook, C. and Bastow, R. (2013) Making Open Data Work in Plant Science. Journal for Experimental Botany, 64 (14): 4109–4117. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ert273.

Wyatt, S., Harris, A., Adams, S. and Kelly, S.E. (2013) Illness Online: Self-reported Data and Questions of Trust in Medical and Social Research. Theory, Culture & Society, 30(4): 131–150.

pdf Müller-Wille, S. (2013) Systems and How Linnaeus Looked at Them in Retrospect. Annals of Science, 70(3):305–317. doi: 10.1080/00033790.2013.783109.

pdf Sunder Rajan, K. and Leonelli, S. (2013) Introduction: Biomedical Trans-actions, Post-Genomics and Knowledge/Value (Introduction to Special Issue ‘Translational Research in the Life Sciences’, edited by Sunder Rajan & Leonelli). Public Culture, 25(3 71):463–475.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2013) Classificatory Theory in Biology. Biological Theory, 7(4): 338–345.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2012) Classificatory Theory in Data-Intensive Science: The Case of Open Biomedical Ontologies. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 26(1): 47–65.

pdf Leonelli, S., Charnley, B., Webb, A. and Bastow, R. (2012) Under One Leaf. A Historical Perspective on the UK Plant Science Federation. New Phytologist, 195(1): 10–13.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2012) When Humans Are the Exception: Cross-Species Databases at the Interface of Clinical and Biological Research. Social Studies of Science, 42(2): 214–236.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2012) Introduction: Making Sense of Data-Driven Research in the Biological and the Biomedical Sciences. Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 43(1): 1–3.

pdf Leonelli, S. and Ankeny, R.A. (2012) Re-Thinking Organisms: The Epistemic Impact of Databases on Model Organism Biology. Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 43(1): 29–36.

pdf Leonelli, S., Diehl, A.D., Christie, K.R., Harris, M.A. and Lomax, J. (2011) How the Gene Ontology Evolves. BMC Bioinformatics, 12:325. Tagged ‘highly accessed’.

Ankeny, R.A. and Leonelli, S. (2011) Bioethics Authorship in Context: How Trends in Biomedicine Challenge Bioethics. The American Journal of Bioethics, 11(10): 22–24.

pdf Ankeny, R.A. and Leonelli, S. (2011) What is so special about model organisms? Studies in the History and the Philosophy of Science: Part A, 42(2): 313–323.

O’Malley, M.A. and Leonelli, S. (2011) The scientific importance of asking questions at meetings: Why virtual debate is not enough. BioEssays, 33 (1): 35–37.

pdf Bastow, R. and Leonelli, S. (2010) Sustainable digital infrastructure. EMBO Reports, 11(10): 730–735. Reports on this article have appeared in several news outlets, including Science Daily, Science Business, Medical News Today, Science News Daily, and E-Science News.

Leonelli, S. (2010) Machine Science: The Human Side. Science, 330 (6002): 317.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2010) Documenting the Emergence of Bio-Ontologies: Or, Why Researching Bioinformatics Requires HPSSB. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 32(1): 105–126.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2009) On the Locality of Data and Claims About Phenomena. Philosophy of Science, 76(5): 737–749.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2008) Bio-Ontologies as Tools for Integration in Biology. Biological Theory, 3(1): 8–11.

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Edited special issues

Leonelli, S., Rappert, B. and Davies, G. (2017) Data Shadows: Knowledge, Openness, and Absence. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 42(2).

Davies, G., Frow, E. and Leonelli, S. (2013) ‘Bigger, Faster, Better? Rhetorics and Practices of Large-Scale Research in Contemporary Bioscience’. BioSocieties, 8: 386–490.

Sunder Rajan, K. and Leonelli, S. (2013) ‘Translational Research in the Life Sciences’. Public Culture, 25(3 71):463–557.

Leonelli, S. (2012) ‘Data-driven research in the biological and biomedical sciences’. Studies in the History and the Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences: Part C 43 (1): 1–87.

Leonelli, S. and Howlett, P. (2009) How Well Do ‘Facts’ Travel? Graduate Journal of Social Science, 6(2): 1-122.

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Book chapters

Ankeny, R. and Leonelli, S. (accepted, forthcoming 2018) Organisms in Experimental Research. In Dietrich, M. and Borrello, M. (eds.) The Historiography of Biology. Springer.

pdf Tempini, N. and Leonelli, S. (accepted, forthcoming 2018) Genomics and Big Data. In: Routledge Handbook for Genomics, Health and Society. Routledge.

pdf Prainsack, B. and Leonelli, S. (accepted, forthcoming 2018) Openness and Responsibility. In: Nerlich B., Smith, A., Hartley, S. and Raman, S. (Eds) Science and the Politics of Openness: Here Be Monsters. Manchester University Press.

pdf Fleming, L.E., Tempini, N. et Al (accepted, forthcoming 2017). Big Data in Environment and Human Health: Challenges and Opportunities. Oxford Encyclopaedia for Environment and Human Health. Oxford University Press. 10.1093/acrefore/9780199389414.013.541

pdf Leonelli, S. (accepted, forthcoming 2017) Assembling Biomedical Big Data. In: Meloni, M., Cromby, J., Fitzgerald, D. and Lloyd, S. (Eds) Handbook for Biology and Society. Palgrave.

pdf Leonelli, S. (accepted, forthcoming 2017) Scientific Agency and Social Scaffolding in Contemporary Data-Intensive Biology. In: Wimsatt, W. and Love, A. (Eds) Beyond the Meme: Articulating Dynamic Structures in Cultural Evolution. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Leonelli, S. (2016) Epistemische Diversität im Zeitalter von Big Data: Wie Dateninfrastrukturen der biomedizinischen Forschung dienen [Epistemic Diversity in the Age of Big Data: How Data Infrastructures Serve Biomedical Research]. In: Blum, A., Zschocke, N., Rheinberger, H.J. and Barras, V. (Eds), Diversität: Geschichte und Aktualität eines Konzepts. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, pp. 85–106.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2016) The Philosophy of Data. Chapter 17 in: L. Floridi (ed.) Handbook for the Philosophy of Information. London: Routledge, pp. 211–222.

Ankeny, R.A. and Leonelli, S. (2015) Valuing Data in Postgenomic Biology: How Data Donation and Curation Practices Challenge the Scientific Publication System. In: Richardson, S. and Stevens, H. (eds) Postgenomics. Duke University Press, pp. 126-149.

Leonelli, S. (2014) Scientific Organisations as Social Movements: Reflections on How Social Theory Can Inform the Philosophy of Science. In: de Regt, H. and Kwa, C. (eds) Building Bridges – Connecting Science, Technology and Philosophy (Festschrift for Hans Radder). Amsterdam: VU University Press, pp. 39-52. ISBN 978-90-8659-668-3.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2010) Packaging Data for Re-Use: Databases in Model Organism Biology. In: Howlett, P. and Morgan, M.S. (eds) How Well Do Facts Travel? The Dissemination of Reliable Knowledge. Cambridge University Press, pp.325-348.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2010) The Commodification of Knowledge Exchange: Governing the Circulation of Biological Data. In: Radder, H. (ed) The Commodification of Academic Research: Science and the Modern University. Pittsburgh University Press, pp.132-157.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2009) Centralising Labels to Distribute Data: The Regulatory Role of Genomic Consortia. In: Atkinson, P., Glasner, P. and Lock, M. (eds) The Handbook for Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era. London: Routledge, pp. 469-485.

Leonelli, S. (2007) What is in a Model? Using Theoretical and Material Models to Develop Intelligible Theories. In: Laubichler, M. and Muller, G.B. (eds) Modeling Biology. Structures, Behaviors, Evolution. Vienna Series: MIT Press, pp. 15-36.

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Consultations and policy reports

pdf Lowe, J.W.E., Collis, M., Davies, G.F., Leonelli, S., Lewis, D.I. and Zecharia, A.Y. (2016) An evaluation of the Integrative Pharmacology Fund: Lessons for the future of in vivo education and trainingin vivo education and training. London: British Pharmacological Society (December 2016).

pdf Leonelli, S. (2016) Why Open Data Now? Big Data, Knowledge Production and the Political Economy of Research. Chapter 2 (pp. 7–11) of the Figshare State of Open Data report (October 2016; press release here).

pdf Leonelli, S., Martens, L. and Latre, S. (2016) Position statement on Open Data of the Young Academies of Europe and Global Young Academy (April 2016).

pdf DataScience group response to RCUK draft Concordat on Open Data (September 2015).

Leonelli, S. (2016) Co-author of the Global Young Academy (GYA) Response to the Next-generation Altmetrics: Responsible Metrics and Evaluation for Open Science Call for Evidence by the Open Science Policy Platform of the EC.

Leonelli, S. (2015) Invited Participation as a Reader for the Science International Expert Working Group on Big Data/Open Data.

Leonelli, S. (2014, 2013) Invited participant in Discussion Group on Data Science and Ethics. Cabinet Office, UK Government Innovation Group, November 2014 & March 2015.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2014) Global Young Academy Response to Science 2.0: Science in Transition consultation of The European Commission's Directorates-General for Research and Innovation.

pdf Levin, N. and Leonelli, S. (2014) The linking and use of biological and health data in biology and biomedicine. Egenis response to Nuffield Council of Bioethics Consultation.

pdf Leonelli, S. Et al. (2013) Global Young Academy (GYA) Position Statement on Global Research. November 2013.

pdf Leonelli, S. Et al. (2012) Global Young Academy (GYA) Position Statement on Open Science. November 2012.

pdf Leonelli, S. and Bastow, R. (2012) Making Data Accessible to All (Report for GARNet/BBSRC). Reported in EASST Reviews.

Contribution to GARNet Response to BBSRC Consultation on Digital Organisms, September 2012.

Contribution to International Council for Science (ICSU) Advisory Note: Revaluing Science in the digital age. October 2012.

pdf Leonelli, S. and Hughes, S. (2010) Response to Nuffield Foundation Consultation on ‘New Approaches to Biofuels’.

Report for GARNet/BBSRC: ‘Business Models for Database Funding’. April 2010.

Response to OECD Consultation on ‘Data Sharing in Genomics’. June 2008.

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Leonelli, S. (2017) The Crucial Role of Models in Science. Book Review of Natasha Myers, Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers and Excitable Matter. Metascience, 26: 99–101.

Tempini, N. and Leonelli, S. (2016) Exhibition: Live by data, die by data. Nature Physics, 12: 109–110.

Leonelli, S. (2015) Book Review of Hallam Stevens, Life Out of Sequence: A Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics. New Genetics and Society, doi: 10.1080/14636778.2015.1025127.

Leonelli, S. (2013) Book Review of Joseph November, Biomedical Computing: Digitizing Life in the United States. Social History of Medicine, 26 (3): 586–587. doi: 10.1093/shm/hkt024.

Leonelli, S. (2012) Book Review of Karen Sue-Taussig, Ordinary Genomes: Science, Citizenship, and Genetic Identities. Acta Biotheoretica, 60 (3): 319-322.

Leonelli, S. (2011) Book Review of Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, An Epistemology of the Concrete: Twentieth-Century Histories of Life. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 25 (4): 421–423.

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Other contributions

Leonelli, S. (2017). Big and open data are prompting a reform of scientific governance. Times Higher Education, 21-Feb-2017.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2016). Open Data: Curation Is Under-Resourced. Nature (Correspondence page), 538: 41.

html Leonelli, S. (2016). What are data? Atlas of Science, 5-Apr-2016.

Leonelli, S. (2016). Rivoluzione Digitale: Come impatta l'innovazione sulla ricerca scientifica? [Digital Revolution: How does innovation impact on scientific research?]. Interview by the Veronesi Foundation.

mp3 Leonelli, S. and Danaher, J. (interviewer) (2016) Sabina Leonelli on Whether big data will revolutionise science. Algocracy and the Transhumanist Project, 10-Sep-2016. Also on Philosophical disquisitions blog.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2016) Towards a truly global open science. GYA (Global Young Academy) Connections 4: 13–15.

pdf Lorimer, K., Slippers, B. and Leonelli, S. (2016) Research environment. GYA (Global Young Academy) Connections 4: 31.

html Leonelli, S. and Bezuidenhout, L. (2015) The Politics of Data: The rising prominence of a data-centric approach to scientific research. LSE Impact Blog, Dec-2015.

html Leonelli, S. and Prainsack, B. (2015) Learned Societies Should Lead the Way to Open Science. View from the top section. Research Europe, 2-Jul-2015.

html Leonelli, S. and Prainsack, B. (2015) To what are we opening science? Reform of the publishing system is only a step in a much broader re-evaluation. LSE Impact Blog, April 2015)

html Levin, N. (2015) Open access, open data, open science… what does “openness” mean in the first place?, 11-Feb-2015.

html Tempini, N. and Leonelli, S. (2015) Human Genome Project, Personalised Medicine, and Future Health Care. (citable encyclopedia of the Life Sciences).

html Leonelli, S. and Carrigan, M. (interviewer) (2015) What constitutes trustworthy data changes across time and space. LSE Impact Blog, 19-Jan-2015.

pdf Tempini, N. (2014) Governing social media: organising information production and sociality through open, distributed and data-based systems. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

html Leonelli, S., Nicholson, D. et al. (2014) Resources on biological visualisation in history, philosophy and social studies of biology. Biological visualisation community (curated webpage).

mp3 Leonelli, S. and Monteverdi, A. (interviewer) (2014) Myths of Big Data. Mendelspod, Mar-2014.

pdf Leonelli, S. and Russo, F. (interviewer) (2013) Interview with Sabina Leonelli. The Reasoner, 7(9): 1–3.

mp3 Leonelli, S. (2013) Supplemental podcast to: Why the Current Insistence on Open Access to Scientific Data? Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, 33(1–2): 6–11.

Leonelli, S. (2013) Long entries ‘Data-Intensive Research’, ‘Model Organism’, and ‘Bio-Ontologies’, and short entries ‘Curation’, ‘Stock Centres’, ‘Community Databases’, and ‘Metadata’. In: Dubitzky, W., Wolkenhauer, O., Cho K-H., Yokota, H. (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Systems Biology. Springer.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2013) Editorial. The Reasoner, 7(3): 18–21. Includes interviews by Leonelli of Rachel A. Ankeny, John Dupré, and James R. Griesemer.

html Leonelli, S. (November 2012) Open Data and Privacy Concerns in Biomedical Research. Open Knowledge Foundation Blog (guest post), 26-Nov-2012. Doubleposted as guest post on the OKF Open Science Working Group blog.

pdf Leonelli, S. and Barwich, A.-S. (2012) Editorial. The Reasoner, 6(3): 33–34.

pdf Donaghy, J. and Leonelli, S. (2012) Interview with Giovanna Colombetti. The Reasoner, 6(3): 34–37.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2012) The Brain Drain. Britain in 2013 (yearly ESRC magazine), section 'Science and Wellbeing', p.88.

pdf Leonelli, S. (2011) The Human Face of Data-Intensive Biology. The Gen — Newsletter of the ESRC Genomics Network, Issue 13: 10–12.

html Leonelli, S. (2010) Key concerns that should travel between e-social and e-natural science. eHumanities website of the the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

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