Data Ethnographies 5: Broken Data

Research output: Working paper


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?


  • Sarah Pink
  • Minna Ruckenstein
  • Robert Willim
  • Elisenda Ardevol
  • Martin Berg
  • Melisa Duque
  • Vaike Fors
  • Debora Lanzeni
  • Francesco Lapenta
  • Deborah Lupton
External organisations
  • RMIT University
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Helsinki
  • Open University of Catalonia
  • Halmstad University
  • Roskilde University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Ethnology
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDigital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC)
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameData Ethnographies
PublisherDigital Ethnographies Research Centre

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