Workshops as boundary objects for data infrastructure literacy and design

Firaz Peer, Carl DiSalvo

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe how we used workshops as boundary objects that bridged the dual goals of data infrastructure literacy and design. We organized 11 workshops with community leaders from the Westside neighborhoods in Atlanta. The moments of breakdown that took place at the workshops allowed the participants to critically reflect on the socio-technical complexities of the data infrastructure, which scholars have argued is key to data literacy. Additionally, these moments of breakdown also offered us, as designers, insights we could use to reimagine data infrastructures. We contribute an ethnographic analysis of the workshops we organized, along with a preliminary set of data infrastructure literacy guidelines. In doing so, we invite the DIS community to take up such workshops as a way to continue to design data infrastructures, after design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Pages1363-1375
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450358507
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 18 2019
Event2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2019Jun 28 2019

Publication series

NameDIS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference

Conference

Conference2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period6/23/196/28/19

Bibliographical note

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Keywords

  • Boundary objects
  • Data infrastructure literacy
  • Design after design
  • Infrastructural inversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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