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Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Computers + Internet
Sub-Genre: Social Aspects
Series Title: Mit Press
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: MIT Press
Age Range: Adult
Author: Yanni Alexander Loukissas
Language: English



About the Book



How to analyze data settings rather than data sets, acknowledging the meaning-making power of the local.



Book Synopsis



How to analyze data settings rather than data sets, acknowledging the meaning-making power of the local.

In our data-driven society, it is too easy to assume the transparency of data. Instead, Yanni Loukissas argues in All Data Are Local, we should approach data sets with an awareness that data are created by humans and their dutiful machines, at a time, in a place, with the instruments at hand, for audiences that are conditioned to receive them. The term data set implies something discrete, complete, and portable, but it is none of those things. Examining a series of data sources important for understanding the state of public life in the United States--Harvard's Arnold Arboretum, the Digital Public Library of America, UCLA's Television News Archive, and the real estate marketplace Zillow--Loukissas shows us how to analyze data settings rather than data sets.

Loukissas sets out six principles: all data are local; data have complex attachments to place; data are collected from heterogeneous sources; data and algorithms are inextricably entangled; interfaces recontextualize data; and data are indexes to local knowledge. He then provides a set of practical guidelines to follow. To make his argument, Loukissas employs a combination of qualitative research on data cultures and exploratory data visualizations. Rebutting the "myth of digital universalism," Loukissas reminds us of the meaning-making power of the local.



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This is a very interesting and, I think, an important book, which everyone involved in data science should read. It is not a text book, but certainly could be an item of additional reading in any data science course.--Information Research--

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