The Social Life of Data (Prototyping Controversies)

Tobias Bornakke Jørgensen, Andreas Birkbak, Morten Krogh Petersen

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftKonferenceabstrakt til konferenceForskningpeer review

Resumé

Despite the democratic ambitions underlying the practice of controversy mapping, external actors seldomly seem to take an interest in controversy maps, even though the maps are normally made publicly available on the web. Instead practitioners tend to move on to other things as soon as the results are out, which leaves it to the public to stumble upon the webpages and explore the results. This unspecified public, however, often seems to have more similarities to a void of non-engagement than a receptive social room. In this paper we take two related steps to counter the lack of public engagement with controversy maps. First, we try to distribute the production of issues and maps beyond the academy. Drawing on design thinking (e.g. Brown 2009 and Björgvisson, Ehn & Hillgren 2012), we ask what it might mean to co-produce data visualizations together with visitors of the website. Second, we abandon the claim that we have produced a map of the controversy. Rather we attempt to make available a potentially controversial data set, followed by an invitation for actors to raise new issues with it. In sum, we try to move from mapping controversies to prototyping controversies. In order to do so, we build a website that makes available a large relational data set on the Danish power elite (Ellersgaard et al. 2015) through an interactive data navigation tool. The tool allows visitors to explore a data set that is potentially controversial but difficult to navigate. Further, Google Analytics and a simple survey allows us to examine how visitors to the website were led to the site in the first place, how they made use of the data navigation tool and how customized maps from the webpage travelled into new and unpredictable arenas. The experiment thus explores the tension between publishing and making things public by generating clues about what it might take for controversy maps to travel beyond the classroom.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdato2015
StatusUdgivet - 2015
Begivenhed2nd Nordic Science and Technology Studies (STS) Conference - AAU CHP, København, Danmark
Varighed: 27 maj 201529 maj 2015
Konferencens nummer: 2

Konference

Konference2nd Nordic Science and Technology Studies (STS) Conference
Nummer2
LokationAAU CHP
LandDanmark
ByKøbenhavn
Periode27/05/201529/05/2015

Fingerprint

website
power elite
search engine
academy
visualization
travel
classroom
lack
experiment

Citer dette

Jørgensen, T. B., Birkbak, A., & Petersen, M. K. (2015). The Social Life of Data (Prototyping Controversies). Abstract fra 2nd Nordic Science and Technology Studies (STS) Conference, København, Danmark.
Jørgensen, Tobias Bornakke ; Birkbak, Andreas ; Petersen, Morten Krogh. / The Social Life of Data (Prototyping Controversies). Abstract fra 2nd Nordic Science and Technology Studies (STS) Conference, København, Danmark.
@conference{ccf917e5f29842acbdda1eb76cdf04a9,
title = "The Social Life of Data (Prototyping Controversies)",
abstract = "Despite the democratic ambitions underlying the practice of controversy mapping, external actors seldomly seem to take an interest in controversy maps, even though the maps are normally made publicly available on the web. Instead practitioners tend to move on to other things as soon as the results are out, which leaves it to the public to stumble upon the webpages and explore the results. This unspecified public, however, often seems to have more similarities to a void of non-engagement than a receptive social room. In this paper we take two related steps to counter the lack of public engagement with controversy maps. First, we try to distribute the production of issues and maps beyond the academy. Drawing on design thinking (e.g. Brown 2009 and Bj{\"o}rgvisson, Ehn & Hillgren 2012), we ask what it might mean to co-produce data visualizations together with visitors of the website. Second, we abandon the claim that we have produced a map of the controversy. Rather we attempt to make available a potentially controversial data set, followed by an invitation for actors to raise new issues with it. In sum, we try to move from mapping controversies to prototyping controversies. In order to do so, we build a website that makes available a large relational data set on the Danish power elite (Ellersgaard et al. 2015) through an interactive data navigation tool. The tool allows visitors to explore a data set that is potentially controversial but difficult to navigate. Further, Google Analytics and a simple survey allows us to examine how visitors to the website were led to the site in the first place, how they made use of the data navigation tool and how customized maps from the webpage travelled into new and unpredictable arenas. The experiment thus explores the tension between publishing and making things public by generating clues about what it might take for controversy maps to travel beyond the classroom.",
author = "J{\o}rgensen, {Tobias Bornakke} and Andreas Birkbak and Petersen, {Morten Krogh}",
year = "2015",
language = "English",
note = "null ; Conference date: 27-05-2015 Through 29-05-2015",

}

Jørgensen, TB, Birkbak, A & Petersen, MK 2015, 'The Social Life of Data (Prototyping Controversies)' 2nd Nordic Science and Technology Studies (STS) Conference, København, Danmark, 27/05/2015 - 29/05/2015, .

The Social Life of Data (Prototyping Controversies). / Jørgensen, Tobias Bornakke; Birkbak, Andreas; Petersen, Morten Krogh.

2015. Abstract fra 2nd Nordic Science and Technology Studies (STS) Conference, København, Danmark.

Publikation: Konferencebidrag uden forlag/tidsskriftKonferenceabstrakt til konferenceForskningpeer review

TY - ABST

T1 - The Social Life of Data (Prototyping Controversies)

AU - Jørgensen, Tobias Bornakke

AU - Birkbak, Andreas

AU - Petersen, Morten Krogh

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - Despite the democratic ambitions underlying the practice of controversy mapping, external actors seldomly seem to take an interest in controversy maps, even though the maps are normally made publicly available on the web. Instead practitioners tend to move on to other things as soon as the results are out, which leaves it to the public to stumble upon the webpages and explore the results. This unspecified public, however, often seems to have more similarities to a void of non-engagement than a receptive social room. In this paper we take two related steps to counter the lack of public engagement with controversy maps. First, we try to distribute the production of issues and maps beyond the academy. Drawing on design thinking (e.g. Brown 2009 and Björgvisson, Ehn & Hillgren 2012), we ask what it might mean to co-produce data visualizations together with visitors of the website. Second, we abandon the claim that we have produced a map of the controversy. Rather we attempt to make available a potentially controversial data set, followed by an invitation for actors to raise new issues with it. In sum, we try to move from mapping controversies to prototyping controversies. In order to do so, we build a website that makes available a large relational data set on the Danish power elite (Ellersgaard et al. 2015) through an interactive data navigation tool. The tool allows visitors to explore a data set that is potentially controversial but difficult to navigate. Further, Google Analytics and a simple survey allows us to examine how visitors to the website were led to the site in the first place, how they made use of the data navigation tool and how customized maps from the webpage travelled into new and unpredictable arenas. The experiment thus explores the tension between publishing and making things public by generating clues about what it might take for controversy maps to travel beyond the classroom.

AB - Despite the democratic ambitions underlying the practice of controversy mapping, external actors seldomly seem to take an interest in controversy maps, even though the maps are normally made publicly available on the web. Instead practitioners tend to move on to other things as soon as the results are out, which leaves it to the public to stumble upon the webpages and explore the results. This unspecified public, however, often seems to have more similarities to a void of non-engagement than a receptive social room. In this paper we take two related steps to counter the lack of public engagement with controversy maps. First, we try to distribute the production of issues and maps beyond the academy. Drawing on design thinking (e.g. Brown 2009 and Björgvisson, Ehn & Hillgren 2012), we ask what it might mean to co-produce data visualizations together with visitors of the website. Second, we abandon the claim that we have produced a map of the controversy. Rather we attempt to make available a potentially controversial data set, followed by an invitation for actors to raise new issues with it. In sum, we try to move from mapping controversies to prototyping controversies. In order to do so, we build a website that makes available a large relational data set on the Danish power elite (Ellersgaard et al. 2015) through an interactive data navigation tool. The tool allows visitors to explore a data set that is potentially controversial but difficult to navigate. Further, Google Analytics and a simple survey allows us to examine how visitors to the website were led to the site in the first place, how they made use of the data navigation tool and how customized maps from the webpage travelled into new and unpredictable arenas. The experiment thus explores the tension between publishing and making things public by generating clues about what it might take for controversy maps to travel beyond the classroom.

M3 - Conference abstract for conference

ER -

Jørgensen TB, Birkbak A, Petersen MK. The Social Life of Data (Prototyping Controversies). 2015. Abstract fra 2nd Nordic Science and Technology Studies (STS) Conference, København, Danmark.