Kristin Veel: Uncertain Archives-Unknowns,Errors and Vulnerabilities in the Age of Big Data

Out of Data Seminar, Center for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

The modern world is into data, but what is out and what is coming out of data? Facts and figures, to be sure, but what else? New methods for seeing, acting and shaping our world? New cultural forms, experiences and artefacts?

Some say data is the new oil, so what can we distil out of data? What classifications of people, objects and spaces are produced out of data? What do different analytical methods reveal and leave out of data? Who is overlooked and what remains hidden?

Despite data's new abundance, we can find ourselves out of data. Is being out of data when data are missing, forgotten, or yet to be collected? When signal becomes noise? Or noise is mistaken for signal? When access is denied, not wanted, or the correct technical configuration is lacking? How to respond to being out of data? What if we are out of data and unaware?