Size Matters to Lesbians, Too: Queer Feminist Interventions into the Scale of Big Data

Jen Jack Gieseking

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Abstract

How can we recognize those whose lives and data become attached to the far-from-groundbreaking framework of “small data”? Specifically, how can marginalized people who do not have the resources to produce, self-categorize, analyze, or store “big data” claim their place in the big data debates? I examine the place of lesbians and queer women in the big data debates through the Lesbian Herstory Archive's not “big” enough lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) organizing history data set—perhaps the largest data set known to exist on LGBTQ activist history—as one such alternative. In a contribution to critical data studies, I take a queer feminist approach to the scale of big data by reading for the imbricated scales and situated knowledge of data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-156
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Geographer
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2018

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© 2018 by American Association of Geographers.

Keywords

  • archive
  • big data
  • lesbian
  • queer
  • scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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