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Mundane data: The routines, contingencies and accomplishments of digital living
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS). RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2658-4430
University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
2017 (English)In: Big Data and Society, ISSN 2053-9517, E-ISSN 2053-9517, Vol. 4, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article develops and mobilises the concept of 'mundane data' as an analytical entry point for understanding Big Data. We call for in-depth investigation of the human experiences, routines, improvisations and accomplishments which implicate digital data in the flow of the everyday. We demonstrate the value of this approach through a discussion of our ethnographic research with self-tracking cycling commuters. We argue that such investigations are crucial in informing our understandings of how digital data become meaningful in mundane contexts of everyday life for two reasons: first because there is a gap in our understanding of the contingencies and specificities through which big digital data sets are produced, and second because designers and policy makers often seek to make interventions for change in everyday contexts through the presentation of mundane data to consumers but with little understanding of how people produce, experience and engage with these data.

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Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2017. Vol. 4, no 1
Keywords [en]
Digital living, ethnography, improvisation, mundane data, routine, self-tracking
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35602DOI: 10.1177/2053951717700924ISI: 000407346500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-35602DiVA, id: diva2:1162985
Available from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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