There is an interesting interview in the Chronicle of Higher Education with Christine Borgman, professor of information studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, regarding the value of new tools in analyzing data that should be considered as important as books and articles in acquiring tenure. "The accumulation of that data should be considered a scholarly act as well as the publication that comes out of it," states Professor Borgman. She further argues that the future of research will be collaborative and interdisciplinary.
Her book, Scholarship in the Digital Age, is a worthy read. I have used it in the library science class I teach, Humanities Information, at The Catholic University of America.