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    Working Paper Big Data Series: Critical Analysis of the Irish Big Data Skills Report. The Programmable City Working Paper 7


    Lauriault, Tracey P. (2015) Working Paper Big Data Series: Critical Analysis of the Irish Big Data Skills Report. The Programmable City Working Paper 7. Working Paper. SSRN.

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    Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2614499


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    Abstract

    My area of research on the Programmable City Project examines how digital data materially and discursively support and process cities and their citizens. This work falls within an emerging field called critical data studies. A recent working paper entitled Small Data, Data Infrastructures and Big Data, is an example of critically thinking about data, as is the forthcoming book The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences and my earlier work on data preservation, access, and data infrastructures. The new Big Data and Society journal also provides some theoretical orientation. Dublin and Boston, are the Programmable City’s formal study sites and I will add a little bit of Canada in that mix from time to time. The first part of my research consists of constructing ‘data landscapes’ for Dublin and Boston, by which I mean mapping out the different organisations involved in producing, analyzing, and selling data and analytic services, of which big data are an important component. A key element is reading a number of reports, papers, and consultations on the topic, as well as conducting interviews and attending industry and academic events, I will share questions and observations here in blog posts. At first, these will mainly be descriptive and comparative. However, this reading combined with empirical case studies will lead to a more critical examination of the data assemblages of big data, open data, indicators, maps and data infrastructures. I will be guided by two theoretical frameworks, Rob Kitchin’s ‘Data Assemblages’ and a modified Ian Hacking Making Up People and Spaces framework.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: The research for this submission is funded by a European Research Council Advanced Investigator award (ERC-2012-AdG-323636-SOFTCITY). Suggested Citation: Lauriault, Tracey, Working Paper Big Data Series: Critical Analysis of the Irish Big Data Skills Report (May 24, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2614499 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2614499
    Keywords: Big Data; Programmable City; European Research Council; NIRSA; NUIM; MUSSI;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Item ID: 9364
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2614499
    Depositing User: Tracey Lauriault
    Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 15:31
    Publisher: SSRN
    Funders: European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award
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