Citizen Sensing: Recasting Digital Ontologies through Proliferating Practices

Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. Citizen Sensing: Recasting Digital Ontologies through Proliferating Practices. Cultural Anthropology, ISSN 0886-7356 [Article]

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Citizen sensing is a term that describes an emerging range of practices for monitoring environments through low-cost and DIY digital technologies. From air pollution to the migrations of animals, sensors generate data on any number of environmental phenomena. These practices often bear the promise of making citizens more empowered to act on environmental matters of concern through sensor data. What ontologies—digital or otherwise—might be specific to these citizen-sensing technologies and practices?

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007–2013), ERC Grant Agreement #313347, “Citizen Sensing and Environmental Practice: Assessing Participatory Engagements with Environments through Sensor Technologies.”


citizen sensing, participation, ontogenesis, environment, digital ontology, practice research

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24 March 2016Published
5 January 2016Accepted

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18 Jan 2017 17:15

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