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K. S. Baker and H. Karasti. 2018. Data Care and Its Politics: Designing for Local Collective Data Management as a Neglected Thing. In PDC '18: Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference - Volume 1, August 20-24, 2018, Hasselt and Genk, Belgium, 12 pages.

Data care and its politics : designing for local collective data management as a neglected thing

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Author: Baker, Karen S.1,2; Karasti, Helena1
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Group, University of Oulu, Finland
2University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-04-08


In this paper, we think with Puig de la Bellacasa’s ‘matters of care’ about how to support data care and its politics. We use the notion to reflect on participatory design activities in two recent case studies of local collective data management in ecological research. We ask “How to design for data care?” and “How to account for the politics of data care in design?” Articulation of data care together with ethically and politically significant data issues in design, reveals in these cases the invisible labors of care by local data advocates and a ‘partnering designer’. With digital data work in the sciences increasing and data infrastructures for research under development at a variety of large scales, the local level is often considered merely a recipient of services rather than an active participant in design of data practices and infrastructures. We identify local collective data management as a ‘neglected thing’ in infrastructure planning and speculate on how things could be different in the data landscape.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-6371-6
Volume: 1
Article number: 10
DOI: 10.1145/3210586.3210587
Host publication: Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Full Papers - PDC '18. August 20-24, Hasselt and Genk, Belgium
Host publication editor: Huybrechts, Liesbeth
Teli, Maurizio
Light, Ann
Lee, Yanki
Garde, Julia
Vines, John
Brandt, Eva
Kanstrup, Anne Marie
Bødker, Keld
Conference: Participatory Design Conference
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Funding: We acknowledge our funder The Academy of Finland for grant #285903. We thank members of the Shortgrass Steppe Long-Term Ecological Research Program and the Emiquon Preserve for their participation in this study.
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