Broken Data: Broken World

Research output: Non-textual formArtistic work


In a world where predictive big data analytics and data driven policy and design are increasingly prevalent, the concept of broken data seeks to interrogate and disrupt the possibilities associated with these trends. Concepts of breakage, damage and repair, and recent literatures about ‘broken world’ type theories, offer us an alternative starting point: what are the implications of putting these concepts at the centre of our understanding of digital data and its futures? By whom and where does data explicitly and more invisibly manifest itself as broken, incomplete and damaged? How is it repaired?
What might an agenda for broken data research look like? And why might we need one?


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Ethnology

Artistic work

  • Digital or Visual Product


  • ethnography, Experimental film, Cultural Analysis, Digital culture, digital cultures, visual ethnography, Visual Culture, ethnology, documentary film
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Size12 min
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch
EventData Ethnographies Workshop V: Broken data - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 2016 Aug 292016 Aug 29

Related research output

Robert Willim, Pink, S., Ruckenstein, M. & Duque, M., 2018 Jan 11, In : Big Data and Society. 5, 1, p. 1-13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pink, S., Ruckenstein, M., Robert Willim, Ardevol, E., Berg, M., Duque, M., Fors, V., Lanzeni, D., Lapenta, F. & Lupton, D., 2016, Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC), (Data Ethnographies).

Research output: Working paper

Robert Willim, 2016, p. 1-7.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper, not in proceeding

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Related activities

Willim, R. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
2017 Nov 24

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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