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Data-in-Place: Thinking through the Relations Between Data and Community

Taylor, A., Lindley, S., Regan, T. , Sweeney, D., Vlachokyriakos, V., Grainger, L., Lingel, J. & Machinery, A. C. (2015). Data-in-Place: Thinking through the Relations Between Data and Community. Paper presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 18-23, 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea. doi: 10.1145/2702123.2702558


We present findings from a year-long engagement with a street and its community . The work is targeted at exploring how the production and use of data is bound up with place, both in terms of physical and social geography. We detail three strands of the project. First, we consider how residents have sought to curate existing data about the street in the form of an archive with physical and digital components. Second, we report endeavours to capture data about the street’s environment, especially of traffic moving through it. Third, we draw on the possibilities afforded by technologies for polling opinion. We reflect on how these engagements have: materialised distinctive relations between the community and their data; surfaced flows and contours of data , and spatial, temporal and social boundaries ;and enacted a multiplicity of ‘small worlds’. We consider how such a conceptualisation of data-in-place is relevant to the design of data technologies.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Publisher Keywords: Data; data-in-place; digital civics; community; place
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science
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