Data as Infrastructure – Infrastructuring for Data Analytics

Yvonne Dittrich, Cathrine Seidelin, Erik Grönvall

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The internet has long been a core infrastructure especially for the western societies. In the last decade, the usage of the internet changed from a mainly communication infrastructure giving mainly access to static information to become a platform to full-scale applications implemented as services. Even more recently we can observe a growing use of the internet to collect and provide data: social media platforms and search engines collect, use and sell data about their usage and users; online shops use data to recommend goods to the buyer; municipalities and other public organisations provide data through open data interfaces so it can be used by companies, e.g. to provide advice for car drivers searching for a parking lot. The data infrastructure making data accessible, though, requires IT expertise.
In this position paper we explore the implication of this development from a participatory design perspective and argue that we need to engage in infrastructuring in order to make the common data a common good.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInfrastructuring in Participatory Design: Workshop at the PDC 2018 - Luca School of Arts, Genk, Netherlands
Duration: 20 Aug 201820 Aug 2018


ConferenceInfrastructuring in Participatory Design
LocationLuca School of Arts
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  • Internet infrastructure
  • Data accessibility
  • Participatory design
  • Open data interfaces
  • Data-driven services


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