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Design: Datacatcher

Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Jarvis, Nadine; Cameron, David; Hauenstein, Mark; Pennington, Sarah; Bowers, John; Pike, James; Beitra, Robin and Ovalle, Liliana. 2017. Design: Datacatcher. [Design]

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Abstract or Description

Datacatchers are custom-built, location-aware devices that stream messages about the area they are in. Derived from a large number of ‘big data’ sources, the messages simultaneously draw attention to the socio-political topology of the lived environment and to the nature of big data itself. The Studio produced 130 bespoke devices as part of our ongoing programme to explore how people appropriate and make sense of open-ended designs. They are research devices that are designed both to embody our conjectures about certain issues and to act as tools helping us to further investigate peoples’ orientations around those issues. We deployed the Datacatchers to volunteers recruited at local markets and car-boot sales, and commissioned filmmakers to produce short video documentaries of their experiences.

Item Type:

Design

Keywords:

Datacatchers

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Design
Design > Interaction Research Studio

Date:

2017

Item ID:

25256

Date Deposited:

13 Dec 2018 11:40

Last Modified:

13 Dec 2018 11:40

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25256

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