Big Data as Knowledge Production
Friday 21 February 2014, 14:15-15:15pm, Amphimax 414
In this talk, I will consider big data as a form of knowledge production that has developed in relation the changes we have observed in the past decades in terms growth, accountability, network effects and technology. From this analysis, the need to understand and coordinate kinds of formalisation and the focus on patterns detection as an epistemic strategy emerge as key features of big data as a form of knowledge production. This framing of big data, not only as a new ‘ object’ for science, but also as a set of practices, technologies and institutional arrangements enables us to design research programmes (such as EnergySense) that go beyond the one-size fits all approach of many funding schemes and centres– while mobilizing the promissory potential of Big Data.