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Title:Data Journeys as an approach for exploring the socio-cultural shaping of (big) data: the case of climate science in the United Kingdom
Author(s):Bates, Jo; Goodale, Paula; Lin, YuWei
Subject(s):social informatics
infrastructure studies
Abstract:The paper reports on a pilot study aimed at developing a data journeys approach for critically exploring the socio-cultural shaping of interconnected data infrastructures, and presents initial findings from The Secret Life of a Weather Datum research project which applies the approach to explore the socio-cultural values and practices interacting with weather and climate data infrastructures. Through drawing on the data journeys concept to guide and inform the selection of sites for data collection, we begin to demonstrate the utility of the approach for beginning to build a picture of the “contingent and contested” (Dalton and Thatcher, 2014) relations between people, interconnected in time and space through data infrastructures, that are core to the development and shaping of climate data and knowledge. We also begin to draw out the interrelations between local and global spaces and infrastructures; and to ground amorphous ‘big’ data infrastructures in local sites and cultures of production.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper/Presentation
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-23

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