Methods: Qualitative
Fields: Communication, Ethnography

Collaborators: Anissa Tanweer, Brittany Fiore-Gartland and Cecilia Aragon.



Anissa Tanweer, Brittany Fiore-Gartland, and Cecilia Aragon recentlyfigure_1_summary published an article in the journal Information, Communication & Society based on their ethnographic study of data science research collaborations. This paper articulates the challenges researchers face in seeing and grasping “big data” which can lead to different types of breakdown based on anomalies in the data, the size of the dataset, and the time it takes to compute. They argue that these rather routine encounters with breakdown, which are often framed as impediments to the research process, can become opportunities for gaining insight into the data set. Key to this process is the under-appreciated work of repair that often leads to developing novel solutions and leads to incremental forms of innovation.

Read the full article here (Taylor Francis online) or here (UW library)