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Title:Towards a domain ontology for data assemblages
Author(s):Boyd, Ceilyn
Subject(s):Critical data studies
Data assemblages
Ontology construction
Abstract:Critical data studies (CDS) is an interdisciplinary research area concerned with the critical, systematic investigation of sociotechnical infrastructures involving data, called data assemblages. CDS scholars have expressed a desire for more empirical studies that compare data assemblages, trace their change over time, and that offer insights to inform their design. This poster describes the development of research infrastructure to support these studies: a prototype, extensible domain ontology and glossary based upon Manuel DeLanda's neoassemblage theory (NAT). These knowledge representation tools are intended to consolidate and codify shared knowledge about assemblage theory and ultimately to enable researchers to describe, model, and compare assemblages and their topologies. The prototype NAT ontology and glossary were developed using a lightweight version of the Unified Process for Ontology building (UPONLite). Future work will involve ex-tending the NAT ontology to support data assemblage concepts and relationships using a method similar to Grounded Ontology (GO). It is anticipated that scholars may also use these two tools to support work involving other types of assemblages or use the ontology construction method to develop an ontological model of their preferred social theory.
Issue Date:2019-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2019 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Ceilyn Boyd
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-22

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