Data and life on the street

Alex S. Taylor*, Siân Lindley, Tim Regan, David Sweeney

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

What does the abundance of data and proliferation of data-making methods mean for the ordinary person, the person on the street? And, what could they come to mean? In this paper, we present an overview of a year-long project to examine just such questions and complicate, in some ways, what it is to ask them. The project is a collective exercise in which we – a mixture of social scientists, designers and makers – and those living and working on one street in Cambridge (UK), Tenison Road, are working to think through how data might be materialised and come to matter. The project aims to better understand the specificities and contingencies that arise when data is produced and used in place. Mid-way through the project, we use this commentary to give some background to the work and detail one or two of the troubles we have encountered in putting locally relevant data to work. We also touch on a methodological standpoint we are working our way into and through, one that we hope complicates the separations between subject and object in data-making and opens up possibilities for a generative refiguring of the manifold relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalBig Data and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2014

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • community
  • Computation
  • data
  • design
  • fieldwork
  • street life


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