Producing Data: Practices, Materialities, Values.

Producing Data

3rd & 4th September 2014.
ECCI, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

The term ‘data’ is ubiquitous. its presence can take the form of representations of various facets of our lives. Data is a part of the contracts that we make with each other, companies that we deal with, and the fallout of the devices that we use.

‘Data’ appears not as information in its own right, but as a lens through which to discuss, and often critique, governments and corporations. The reverberations of Big Data controversies suggest that data is developing to be one of the key political issues of our time.

The meaning of data has become blurred, but rather than calling for the creation of a rigid definition of data, this workshop symposium suggests the need for comparison and discussion by bringing together a range of disciplines and perspectives in order to explore data-related topics.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Sian Lindley (Microsoft Research), Sophie Woodward (University of Manchester), Hermann Zschiegner (TWO-N). An exhibition of visual/sensory works that question what data is and how it is produced will accompany the workshop symposium.

The first day of the symposium will consist of keynotes and shorter presentations from invited speakers followed by a data dinner conceived by Jelly & Gin. On the second day, attendees will participate in a workshop and close with a discussion session about ideas that have emerged.

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Hosted by: Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Organisers: Chris Speed, Gian Marco Campagnolo, Siobhan Magee and New Media Scotland. Funded by the EPSRC and Design Informatics. Part of the Internet of Second Hand Things research project with UCL.

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