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Data gathering
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Empirical work requires recording or registering selections from observations or samples; the procedures involved can be be called data gathering. They became important in the early modern period as scientists turned to empirical observations (Empiricism), appearing in the form of lists, tables, card files, bookshelves, and herbariums, remaining comparatively stable through the changes in designs for the organization of knowledge (Knowledge, organization of).

The initial scenario for data gathering is to lay collected objects out on a table (French mise en tableau), where…

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Brendecke, Arndt, “Data gathering”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 07 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026338>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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