Broken data: Conceptualising data in an emerging world

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Broken data : Conceptualising data in an emerging world. / Willim, Robert; Pink, Sarah; Ruckenstein, Minna; Duque, Melisa.

In: Big Data and Society, Vol. 5, No. 1, 11.01.2018, p. 1-13.

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Willim, R, Pink, S, Ruckenstein, M & Duque, M 2018, 'Broken data: Conceptualising data in an emerging world' Big Data and Society, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-13. DOI: 10.1177/2053951717753228

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Willim R, Pink S, Ruckenstein M, Duque M. 2018. Broken data: Conceptualising data in an emerging world. Big Data and Society. 5(1):1-13. Available from: 10.1177/2053951717753228

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Willim R, Pink S, Ruckenstein M, Duque M. Broken data: Conceptualising data in an emerging world. Big Data and Society. 2018 Jan 11;5(1):1-13. Available from, DOI: 10.1177/2053951717753228

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Willim, Robert ; Pink, Sarah ; Ruckenstein, Minna ; Duque, Melisa. / Broken data : Conceptualising data in an emerging world. In: Big Data and Society. 2018 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 1-13

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Broken data

T2 - Big Data and Society

AU - Willim,Robert

AU - Pink,Sarah

AU - Ruckenstein,Minna

AU - Duque,Melisa

PY - 2018/1/11

Y1 - 2018/1/11

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Digital data

KW - broken world theory

KW - repair

KW - improvisation

KW - ethnography

KW - noise

KW - sound art

KW - glitch art

KW - self tracking

KW - data cleaning

KW - Digital data

KW - broken world theory

KW - repair

KW - improvisation

KW - ethnography

U2 - 10.1177/2053951717753228

DO - 10.1177/2053951717753228

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VL - 5

SP - 1

EP - 13

JO - Big Data and Society

JF - Big Data and Society

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