Practicing, Materialising and Contesting Environmental Data (Introduction to Special Issue)

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. Practicing, Materialising and Contesting Environmental Data (Introduction to Special Issue). Big Data & Society, 3(2), pp. 1-7. ISSN 2053-9517 [Article]

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While there are now an increasing number of studies that critically and rigorously engage with Big Data discourses and practices, these analyses often focus on social media and other forms of online data typically generated about users. This introduction discusses how environmental Big Data is emerging as a parallel area of investigation within studies of Big Data. New practices, technologies, actors and issues are concretising that are distinct and specific to the operations of environmental data. Situating these developments in relation to the seven contributions to this special collection, the introduction outlines significant characteristics of environmental data practices, data materialisations and data contestations. In these contributions, it becomes evident that processes for validating, distributing and acting on environmental data become key sites of materialisation and contestation, where new engagements with environmental politics and citizenship are worked through and realised.

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environmental data, environmental Big Data, environmental monitoring, data practices, data materialisations, data contestations

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22 November 2016Published
5 September 2016Accepted

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06 Jan 2017 17:39

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29 Apr 2020 16:23

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