Do data publics work?


I presen­ted at the Data Pub­lics con­fer­ence last week­end, at Lan­caster Uni­ver­sity. Got lots of help­ful feed­back to some early thoughts on pub­lics (think­ing with some of my old favour­ites, Despret, Har­away, Marres, Stengers, etc.).

Pro­voked by Vin­ciane Despret’s W for Work”, in What would anim­als say if we asked the right ques­tions?”, my start­ing point was the ques­tion:

Are we think­ing well
with data pub­lics?

As Despret asks of anim­als and their work, my pro­voca­tion was to ask not just wheth­er data pub­lics” offer us some­thing (wheth­er they are use­ful), but wheth­er we work well with them, wheth­er they make more inter­est­ing’ and give us the chance’ to think dif­fer­ently.

My three pro­pos­i­tions were:

Pro­pos­i­tion #1: We need room”
Pro­pos­i­tion #2: Ver­sions not vis­ions”
Pro­pos­i­tion #3: Keep Com­post”

A big thank you to Clara Crivel­laro, Joe Dev­ille, Dan Richards and Seb Weise for a fab­ulous event. See the Data Pub­lics site for more or search the twit­ter hasht­ag #data­pub­lics.

Notes
1. Vin­ciane Despret (2016). W is for Work. In What Would Anim­als Say If We Asked the Right Ques­tions”. Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota Press: 177 – 184.
2. Despret writes about this in a book chapter, Sheep do have opin­ions. Vin­ciane Despret (2006) Sheep do have opin­ions.” Mak­ing Things Pub­lic Atmo­spheres of Demo­cracy: 360 – 370.
Vin­ciane Despret (2016). W is for Work. In What Would Anim­als Say If We Asked the Right Ques­tions”. Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota Press: 177 – 184.
Despret writes about this in a book chapter, Sheep do have opin­ions. Vin­ciane Despret (2006) Sheep do have opin­ions.” Mak­ing Things Pub­lic Atmo­spheres of Demo­cracy: 360 – 370.

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