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We’re hoping to compile a list of texts relevant to the intersections of policy, data and civic life. Please add suggested texts below. For the time being, we’re vetting any texts that are added (to eliminate spam) so it may take a day or two to see your suggestion on the site.

Recent suggestions include:

Not Just Neoliberalism

Berman, E. P. (2014). Not Just Neoliberalism: Economization in US Science and Technology Policy. Science, Technology & Human Values, 39(3), 397–431. Abstract Recent scholarship in science, technology, and society has emphasized the neoliberal character of science today. This article draws on the history of US science and technology (S&T) policy to argue against thinking of… Read more »

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Experimenting with the Archive: STS-ers As Analysts and Co-constructors of Databases and Other Archival Forms

Waterton, C. (2010), Experimenting with the Archive: STS-ers as analysts and co-constructors of databases and other archival forms, Science, technology & human values, 35(5), pp. 645-76. This article is about recent attempts by scholars, database practitioners, and curators to experiment in theoretically interesting ways with the conceptual design and the building of databases, archives, and… Read more »

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Rethinking empirical social sciences

Ruppert, E., (2013), Rethinking empirical social sciences Dialogues in Human Geography, 3(3), pp. 268-73. I consider some arguments of social science and humanities researchers about the challenge that big data presents for social science methods. What they suggest is that social scientists need to engage with big data rather than retreat into internal debates about… Read more »

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Trending: The Promises and the Challenges of Big Social Data

Manovich, L. (2012), Trending: The Promises and the Challenges of Big Social Data, in (ed.) Gold, M.K. Debates in the digital humanities, Minneapolis , USA: University of Minnesota Press. Today the term “big data” is often used in popular media, business, computer science and computer industry. For instance, in June 2008 Wired magazine opened its… Read more »

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Six Provocations for Big Data

boyd, d. and Crawford, K. (2011) Six Provocations for Big Data A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society, September 2011. Available at Social Science Research Network. The era of Big Data has begun. Computer scientists, physicists, economists, mathematicians, political scientists, bio-informaticists, sociologists, and many others are clamoring for… Read more »

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