Data Shadows: Knowledge, Openness and Absence
Science, Technology, and Human Values
SAGE Publications for Society for Social Studies of Science
This editorial critically engages with the understanding of openness by attending to how notions of presence and absence come bundled together as part of efforts to make open. This is particularly evident in contemporary discourse around data production, dissemination, and use. We highlight how the preoccupations with making data present can be usefully analyzed and understood by tracing the related concerns around what is missing, unavailable, or invisible (“data shadows”), which unvaryingly but often implicitly accompany debates about data and openness.
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Sabina Leonelli was funded by the European Resarch Council, award number 335925 (DATA_SCIENCE). Brian Rappert was funded by an ESRC/AHRC/Dstl project titled “The Formulation and Nonformulation of Security Concerns” (ES/K011308/1). All three editors were also supported by the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science Fund of the University of Exeter.
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Vol. 42 (2), pp. 191–202