Data is braided into the fabric of our everyday lives. Our interactions, entanglements, and encounters with data run deep, occur with and without technology, and exist in physical and digital contexts. For some, data is seen as a vital component for the utilitarian improvement of said everyday lives. To garner, aggregate, analyze, and communicate metrics, insights, and knowledge underpins how we see data and the technology that interacts with it.
However, the data-interaction design space is expanding. Recent and ongoing research is challenging current conventions and proposing alternative narratives. These alternative narratives explore a variety of concepts and values such as ephemerality [12,13], decay , negotiation , diffraction and (re)interpretation [4,6,18,19], subjectivity , locality , invisibility [5,8], and the interaction with analog data. When these narratives are embodied in design “outcomes” they allow us to experience other possible worlds where data is not only a straightforward means to an end but a malleable material that can be shaped to create a diverse range of experiences. These worlds do not only question what we can do with data, but what we can expect of the technology that collects, handles, and expresses these data. What alternative possible worlds of human-data-technology already exist? What design strategies and tactics can enable diverse uses and expressions of data in our everyday lives? What are the potential design outcomes when data we create and express need not be immediately practically “useful”?
How can we will critically examine these questions by mapping the expanding, critical, and alternative data design space? This mapping, invites to contributors to give examples from areas that include (but are not limited to): data physicalization , data fiction and folklore , slow or temporal data interaction [15,16], or somaesthetic data . By doing so, we continue to contribute towards data to becoming a rich contribution to the material for design repertoire [2,11,17].
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 Jesse Josua Benjamin, Arne Berger, Nick Merrill, and James Pierce. 2021. Machine Learning Uncertainty as a Design Material: A Post-Phenomenological Inquiry. Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1145/3411764.3445481
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 Vasiliki Tsaknaki, Pedro Sanches, Tom Jenkins, Noura Howell, Laurens Boer, and Afroditi Bitzouni. 2022. Fabulating Biodata Futures for Living and Knowing Together. DIS 2022 – Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Digital Wellbeing: 1878–1892. https://doi.org/10.1145/3532106.3533477
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