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"Raw Data" Is an Oxymoron (Infrastructures)

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andlt;Pandgt;We live in the era of Big Data, with storage and transmission capacity measured not just in terabytes but in petabytes (where andlt;Iandgt;petaandlt;/Iandgt;- denotes a quadrillion, or a thousand trillion). Data collection is constant and even insidious, with every click and every andquot;likeandquot; stored somewhere for something. This book reminds us that data is anything but andquot;raw,andquot; that we shouldn't think of data as a natural resource but as a cultural one that needs to be generated, protected, and interpreted. The book's essays describe eight episodes in the history of data from the predigital to the digital. Together they address such issues as the ways that different kinds of data and different domains of inquiry are mutually defining; how data are variously andquot;cookedandquot; in the processes of their collection and use; and conflicts over what can — or can't — be andquot;reducedandquot; to data. Contributors discuss the intellectual history of data as a concept; describe early financial modeling and some unusual sources for astronomical data; discover the prehistory of the database in newspaper clippings and index cards; and consider contemporary andquot;dataveillanceandquot; of our online habits as well as the complexity of scientific data curation. andlt;/Pandgt;andlt;Pandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Essay authors:andlt;/Bandgt;Geoffrey C. Bowker, Kevin R. Brine, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Lisa Gitelman, Steven J. Jackson, Virginia Jackson, Markus Krajewski, Mary Poovey, Rita Raley, David Ribes, Daniel Rosenberg, Matthew Stanley, Travis D. Williamsandlt;/Pandgt;

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We live in the era of Big Data, with storage and transmission capacity measured not just in terabytes but in petabytes (where peta- denotes a quadrillion, or a thousand trillion). Data collection is constant and even insidious, with every click and every "like" stored somewhere for something. This book reminds us that data is anything but "raw," that we shouldn't think of data as a natural resource but as a cultural one that needs to be generated, protected, and interpreted. The book's essays describe eight episodes in the history of data from the predigital to the digital. Together they address such issues as the ways that different kinds of data and different domains of inquiry are mutually defining; how data are variously "cooked" in the processes of their collection and use; and conflicts over what can — or can't — be "reduced" to data. Contributors discuss the intellectual history of data as a concept; describe early financial modeling and some unusual sources for astronomical data; discover the prehistory of the database in newspaper clippings and index cards; and consider contemporary "dataveillance" of our online habits as well as the complexity of scientific data curation.

Essay authors:Geoffrey C. Bowker, Kevin R. Brine, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Lisa Gitelman, Steven J. Jackson, Virginia Jackson, Markus Krajewski, Mary Poovey, Rita Raley, David Ribes, Daniel Rosenberg, Matthew Stanley, Travis D. Williams

About the Author

Lisa Gitelman is Professor of English and Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is the coeditor of New Media, 1710--1915 (2003) and author of Always Already New: Media, History, and the Data of Culture (2006), both published by the MIT Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262518284
Author:
Gitelman, Lisa (edt)
Publisher:
The MIT Press
Author:
Gitelman, Lisa
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Reference-Research
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Infrastructures "Raw Data" Is an Oxymoron
Publication Date:
20130125
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 color photos, 16 b, &, w illus.
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

Related Subjects

Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » General
Engineering » Engineering » History
Reference » Research
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » Technology

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"Synopsis" by , We live in the era of Big Data, with storage and transmission capacity measured not just in terabytes but in petabytes (where peta- denotes a quadrillion, or a thousand trillion). Data collection is constant and even insidious, with every click and every "like" stored somewhere for something. This book reminds us that data is anything but "raw," that we shouldn't think of data as a natural resource but as a cultural one that needs to be generated, protected, and interpreted. The book's essays describe eight episodes in the history of data from the predigital to the digital. Together they address such issues as the ways that different kinds of data and different domains of inquiry are mutually defining; how data are variously "cooked" in the processes of their collection and use; and conflicts over what can — or can't — be "reduced" to data. Contributors discuss the intellectual history of data as a concept; describe early financial modeling and some unusual sources for astronomical data; discover the prehistory of the database in newspaper clippings and index cards; and consider contemporary "dataveillance" of our online habits as well as the complexity of scientific data curation.

Essay authors:Geoffrey C. Bowker, Kevin R. Brine, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Lisa Gitelman, Steven J. Jackson, Virginia Jackson, Markus Krajewski, Mary Poovey, Rita Raley, David Ribes, Daniel Rosenberg, Matthew Stanley, Travis D. Williams

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