Data As a Process

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Data As a Process

  1. 1. Data as a process Making and remaking tools, datasets, and questions Elizabeth Goodman PhD candidate UC Berkeley School of Information www.confectious.net @egoodman
  2. 2. About me … plus Elizabeth Goodman and Andrea Moed
  3. 3. Data is made of people <ul><li>Parkscan.org </li></ul>
  4. 4. Data is made of machines
  5. 5. “For the people in the community, the map is not the endgame.” <ul><li>Thea Clay, February 10, 2011 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Rethinking data-shaped relationships <ul><li>Inside a server farm: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingely/1418364 </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cities (and data) are obdurate <ul><li>http://flickr.com/photos/limonada/6270210/ </li></ul><ul><li>Anique Hommels, Unbuilding Cities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Data as a process
  9. 9. Looking for non-users ParkScan.org Adele Clarke, Situational Analysis
  10. 10. Tactic 1: Remake the data
  11. 11. Non-users Seeking new data cultures
  12. 12. <ul><li>Pelle Ehn and other writers on participatory design </li></ul>Tactic 2: Bark up a different tree
  13. 13. Data needs spokespeople Bruno Latour, Science in Action
  14. 14. Tactic 3: Recruit allies
  15. 15. Working with obduracy
  16. 16. Data as totem, totem as object, object as process http://www.flickr.com/photos/bellecouleurjewelry/5389482358/ Danny Miller, Materiality http://blogs.nyu.edu/projects/materialworld/2010/10/
  17. 17. Totems, British Museum http://www.flickr.com/photos/lodekka/5422557064/
  18. 18. Totem arts and crafts http://www.flickr.com/photos/prayingmother/5414648626/
  19. 19. Thanks! <ul><li>@egoodman </li></ul><ul><li>www.confectious.net </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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