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Broken data: Conceptualising data in an emerging world
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS). RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7600-1419
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
2018 (English)In: Big Data and Society, ISSN 2053-9517, E-ISSN 2053-9517, Vol. 5, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 5, no 1
Keywords [en]
Digital data, broken world theory, repair, improvisation, ethnography
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Media Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-41498DOI: 10.1177/2053951717753228ISI: 000419877000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85061429366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-41498DiVA, id: diva2:1391088
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAcademy of Finland, 292906
Note

Other funder: Swedish Centre for Applied Cultural Analysis (SCACA) at Halmstad University, Sweden & Erik Philip-Sörenson’s foundation.

Available from: 2020-02-03 Created: 2020-02-03 Last updated: 2020-02-03Bibliographically approved

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