Open access book ‘The Trouble with Big Data’ now available

26 January 2022

The book “The Trouble with Big Data” (Jennifer Edmond, Nicola Horsley, Jörg Lehmann, Mike Priddy) explores the challenges that our society faces with big data.

One of the major terminological forces driving ICT development today is that of ‘big data.’ While the phrase may sound inclusive and integrative big data approaches are highly selective, excluding any input that cannot be effectively structured, represented, or, indeed, digitised.

The book “Trouble with Big Data” explores the challenges society faces with big data, through the lens of culture rather than social, political or economic trends as demonstrated in the words we use, the values that underpin our interactions and the biases and assumptions that drive us. Evolving from research undertaken in the Knowledge Complexity (KPLEX) project, in which KNAW-DANS was a partner, this book focuses on areas such as data and language, data and sense-making, data and power, data and invisibility, and big data aggregation. How cultural practices are displaced by, and yet simultaneously resist mass datafication, can be instructive for the critical observation of big data research and innovation.

How cultural practices are repressed but at the same time resist massive datafication can be instructive for the critical approach to big data research and innovation.

More information

This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open programme. It is funded by Trinity College Dublin, DARIAH-EU and the European Commission.

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Mike Priddy

Research Data Management Specialist