The value of data: Considering the context of production in data economies

Janet Amelia Vertesi, Paul Dourish

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Abstract

In this paper we argue that how scientific collaborations share data is bound up in the ways in which they produce and acquire that data. We draw on ethnographic work with two robotic space exploration teams to show how each community's norms of "data-sharing" are best understood as arising not from the context of the use or exchange of data, but from the context of data production. Shifting our perspective back to the point of production suggests that digital artifacts are embedded in a broader data economy. We present implications for analysis of data in interactional context, and for introducing systems or policies that conflict with the value of data in its context of production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011
Pages533-542
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 29 2011
EventACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: Mar 19 2011Mar 23 2011

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Other

OtherACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011
CountryChina
CityHangzhou
Period3/19/113/23/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • Data sharing
  • Scientific collaboration

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    Vertesi, J. A., & Dourish, P. (2011). The value of data: Considering the context of production in data economies. In Proceedings of the ACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011 (pp. 533-542). (Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW). https://doi.org/10.1145/1958824.1958906