Broken data: Conceptualising data in an emerging world

Pink, S, Ruckenstein, M, Willim, R and Duque Hurtado, M 2018, 'Broken data: Conceptualising data in an emerging world', Big Data and Society, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-13.


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Title Broken data: Conceptualising data in an emerging world
Author(s) Pink, S
Ruckenstein, M
Willim, R
Duque Hurtado, M
Year 2018
Journal name Big Data and Society
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract In this article, we introduce and demonstrate the concept-metaphor of broken data. In doing so, we advance critical discussions of digital data by accounting for how data might be in processes of decay, making, repair, re-making and growth, which are inextricable from the ongoing forms of creativity that stem from everyday contingencies and improvisatory human activity. We build and demonstrate our argument through three examples drawn from mundane everyday activity: the incompleteness, inaccuracy and dispersed nature of personal self-tracking data; the data cleaning and repair processes of Big Data analysis and how data can turn into noise and vice versa when they are transduced into sound within practices of music production and sound art. This, we argue is a necessary step for considering the meaning and implications of data as it is increasingly mobilised in ways that impact society and our everyday worlds.
Subject Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Keyword(s) Digital data
broken world theory
repair
improvisation
ethnography
DOI - identifier 10.1177/2053951717753228
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2018
ISSN 2053-9517
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