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  1. Week 1-Introduction: how/why study digital data? 20 items
    1. Primary reading 6 items
      1. Please read:

      2. How should we do the history of Big Data? - David Beer 05/01/2016

        Article Essential E-journal

      3. Then read ONE of the following:

      4. Seaver, N. (2015) Bastard Algebra

        Chapter Recommended

      5. Beautiful Data - Orit Halpern 15/12/2015

        Book Recommended Open Access E-book.PLEASE READ Prologue: Speculating on Sense and INTRODUCTION: Dreams for our Perceptual Present

    2. Secondary reading 14 items
      1. Algorithmic culture - Ted Striphas 08/2015

        Article Recommended E-journal

      2. Data before the fact - D Rosenberg

        Chapter Recommended E-book. You can download this chapter from the contents section.

      3. Artefacts in anthropology - L. Chua, A. Salmond

        Chapter Recommended Volume 2. Digitised reading.

      4. The argument - I Hacking

        Chapter Recommended E-book. Also available in the Philosophy collection as a loanable book at PHILOSOPHY L 20 HAC

      5. What is a Digital Object? - Yuk Hui 07/2012

        Article Recommended E-journal

      6. Cybernetic rationality - Orit Halpern 05/2014

        Article Recommended E-journal

      7. Beautiful data: a history of vision and reason since 1945 - Orit Halpern c2014

        Book Recommended

      8. Introduction: in response - A Riles

        Chapter Recommended

      9. "Raw data" is an oxymoron - Lisa Gitelman c2013

        Book Recommended E-book

  2. Week 2 - Database: material/immaterial/relational 21 items
    1. Primary reading 7 items
      1. Please read:

      2. Database as Symbolic Form - L. Manovich 06/1999

        Article Essential E-journal

      3. Then read ONE of the following:

    2. Secondary reading 14 items
      1. Transforming translations (part I) - Amiria J. M. Salmond 23/12/2013

        Article Recommended E-journal

      2. Sorting things out: classification and its consequences - Geoffrey C. Bowker, Susan Leigh Star c1999

        Book Recommended E-book

      3. The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future Is a Memory - Wendy Hui Kyong Chun 09/2008

        Article Recommended E-journal

      4. Chapter 4: Gene - D. Haraway

        Chapter Recommended

      5. The relation: issues in complexity and scale - Marilyn Strathern, University of Cambridge. Department of Social Anthropology 1995

        Book Recommended Not held at UCL. Available at LSE.

      6. Infrastructures as Ontological Experiments - Casper Bruun Jensen, Atsuro Morita 08/11/2015

        Article Recommended E-journal

      7. On assemblage - Helen Verran 07/2009

        Article Recommended E-journal

      8. Transforming translations (part I): "The owner of these bones" - Amiria J. M. Salmond 23/12/2013

        Article Recommended E-journal

  3. Week 3 - Data Flows: Gifts and Commodities 23 items
    1. Primary reading 7 items
      1. Please read:

      2. A free gift makes no friends - James Laidlaw 12/2000

        Article Essential E-journal

      3. Then read ONE of the following:

      4. Sharing and Web 2.0: The emergence of a keyword - Nicholas A. John 03/2013

        Article Essential E-journal

      5. Principles of Alliance and Descent for Big Data - Maurer, W.M. 2015

        Chapter Essential Open access e-book

      6. Understanding the promises and premises of online health platforms - José Van Dijck, Thomas Poell 05/01/2016

        Article Essential E-journal

    2. Secondary reading 16 items
      1. Biosensing: Tracking Persons. - S. Day, C. Lury 2016

        Chapter Recommended E-book

      2. Ch. 4: The person - Janet Carsten June 2012

        Chapter Recommended E-book

      3. Rights or rewards? Changing frameworks of scientific authorship - M Biagioli

        Chapter Recommended E-book. Download this chapter under the section 'Part III - The fragmentation of authorship'.

      4. Postgenomics: perspectives on biology after the genome - Sarah S. Richardson, Hallam Stevens 2015

        Book Recommended E-book. Please read Ch 3, by Mike Fortun

      5. Inalienable possessions: The forgotten dimension - A. B. Weiner

        Chapter Recommended Digitised Reading

      6. Reconfiguring Exchange Theory: The Maori Hau - A. B. Weiner 1992

        Chapter Recommended

      7. Transactions and creations: property debates and the stimulus of Melanesia - Eric Hirsch, Marilyn Strathern 2004

        Book Recommended

      8. Alienable Gifts and Inalienable Commodities - D. Miller

        Chapter Recommended

      9. The Gift That Is Not Given - M. Gregg

        Chapter Recommended

  4. Week 4 - Digital data and environmental crisis: after nature 27 items
    1. Primary reading 7 items
      1. Please read:

      2. And then choose ONE of the following:

    2. Secondary reading 20 items
      1. Please also have a look at these websites:

        http://www.nature.com/news/climate-change-hiatus-disappears-with-new-data-1.17700

        http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/10/08/theres-life-in-the-old-pause-yet/

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/29/press-release-2/

         

      2. Pushback: Critical data designers and pollution politics - Kim Fortun, Lindsay Poirier, Alli Morgan, Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn 11/2016

        Article 

      3. Program earth: environmental sensing technology and the making of a computational planet - Jennifer Gabrys 2016

        Book  Please read Ch. 4: Sensing Climate Change and Expressing Environmental Citizenship

      4. Number as Generative Device - H. Verran

        Chapter 

      5. Convertibility and the Technopolitics of Oil - H. Knox

        Chapter 

      6. After nature: English kinship in the late twentieth century - Marilyn Strathern 1992

        Book 

      7. Green Grabbing: a new appropriation of nature? - James Fairhead, Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones 04/2012

        Article 

      8. Instrumenting the earth: Next-generation sensor networks and environmental science - M. Lehning, N. Dawes, M. Bavay et. al.

        Chapter 

  5. Week 5 - Data Persons, Data Bodies: the social and the biological 34 items
    1. Primary reading 8 items
      1. Please read:

      2. Then read ONE of the following:

    2. Secondary reading 26 items
      1. Online Resources and texts:

      2. After Kinship by Janet Carsten

        Webpage  CHAPTER 5 - Uses and Abuses of Substance and CHAPTER 7 - Assisted reproduction

      3. Essays on the anthropology of reason - Paul Rabinow c1996

        Book 

  6. Week 6 - Data Citizens: the state 29 items
    1. Primary reading 7 items
      1. Please read:

      2. Then read ONE of the following:

      3. Dark Matters - Simone Browne 07/09/2015

        Book  PLEASE READ CH3: B®anding Blackness: Biometric Technology and the Surveillance of Blackness

      4. The World of Indicators edited by Richard Rottenburg

        Webpage  PLEASE READ CHAPTER BY EVELYN RUPPERT "DOING THE TRANSPARENT STATE"

    2. Secondary reading 22 items
      1. Metrics - Vincanne Adams 05/03/2016

        Book  CHAPTER 4: TICHENOR - The Power of Data

      2. The surveillant assemblage - Kevin D. Haggerty, Richard V. Ericson 2000-12-1

        Article 

      3. Transactional politics - Evelyn Ruppert, Mike Savage 12/2011

        Article 

      4. Topologies of Race - Amade M’charek, Katharina Schramm, David Skinner 07/2014

        Article 

      5. State formation: anthropological perspectives - Universitetet i Oslo 2005

        Book  Read introduction

      6. Self-tracking modes: relflexive self-monitoring and data practices - Deborah Lupton

        Document  Do download this document go to 'Conferences, symposia and campus events' on the left of this webpage. Then click on 'The social life of big data symposium'. Then 'Self tracking modes: relfexive self-monitoring and data practices' at the bottom of the page. The document can be downloaded from the right of this webpage.

      7. Leak early, leak often - M Fuller, A Goffey

        Chapter  This section can be found under the chapter headed 'Structures'. The contents page is on the left of the webpage.

      8. Parts and wholes: refiguring relationships in a post-plural world - Marilyn Strathern

        Chapter  Download this chapter by looking up the page number pp75 at the top of the screen.

  7. Week 7 - Big Data Hype: Aesthetics of Scale 25 items
    1. Primary reading 6 items
      1. Please read:

      2. Then please watch/read AT LEAST ONE of the following:

      3.  

         

         

        Bell, Genevieve. (2014) The Secret Life of Big Data. Keynote Supercomputing 2013. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNoi-XqwJnA

        Silva, Jason. (2012) Big Data and the Global Nervous System. Keynote, IBM . http://www.bigdatalandscape.com/blog/big-data-and-the-global-nervous-system

        Pentland, Alex. (2012) Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data. Edge 20. Available at

        https://www.edge.org/conversation/alex_sandy_pentland-reinventing-society-in-the-wake-of-big-data

    2. Secondary reading 19 items
      1. ‘The whole is always smaller than its parts’ - a digital test of Gabriel Tardes' monads - Bruno Latour, Pablo Jensen, Tommaso Venturini, Sébastian Grauwin 12/2012

        Article 

      2. Critical Questions for Big Data - Danah boyd, Kate Crawford 06/2012

        Article 

      3. Scaling down - R. L. Breiger 12/2015

        Article 

      4. Partial connections - Marilyn Strathern c2004

        Book  ( at least ‘Writing Anthropology’ and ‘Preface’, xiii-xxxii )

      5. The Difference Between Big Data and a Lot of Data - Bernard Marr 21 September 2015

        Webpage  Please click on the link and type in the name of the article in the search box

      6. Big Data from the bottom up - N. Couldry, A. Powell 01/07/2014

        Article 

      7. The Theory/Data Thing - Geoffrey C. Bowker 2014

        Article 

  8. Week 8 - Ethnography of digital data: the field 21 items
    1. Primary reading 6 items
      1. Please read:

      2. The network inside out: Annelise Riles - Annelise Riles 2000

        Book  CHAPTER 1: INSIDE OUT

      3. Then read ONE of the following:

         

    2. Secondary reading 15 items
      1. The Limits of Auto-anthropology - M Strathern

        Chapter 

      2. Introduction: Time and the Field - Steffen Dalsgaard, Morten Nielsen 01/03/2013

        Article 

      3. Seaver, N. (2014) Studying up: the ethnography of technologists. Available at: http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2014/03/10/studying-up/

      4. Rethinking Digital Anthropology - T Boellstorff

        Chapter  This chapter is under the chapter 'Positioning digital anthropology' p39. You can search for the page at the top of the webpage.

      5. Ethnography is, ethnography ain't - John L. Jackson Jr. August 2012

        Article 

      6. Fieldwork is not what it used to be: learning anthropology's method in a time of transition - James D. Faubion, George E. Marcus 2009

        Book  Particularly chapter by Chris Kelty et al.

      7. Commentary and Discussion on the Digital Form Curated Collection - Christopher Kelty, Gabriella Coleman, Karen Strassler 13/12/2012

        Webpage 

  9. Week 9: Ethnography and digital data - new collaborations? 11 items
    1. PRIMARY READING; 4 items
      1. Please read ONE of the following:

      2. Numbers Have Qualities Too: Experiences with Ethno-Mining - Ken Anderson, Dawn Nafus, Tye Rattenbury, Ryan Aipperspach 08/2009

        Article 

      3. Scraping the social? - Noortje Marres, Esther Weltevrede 08/2013

        Article 

    2. SECONDARY READING: 7 items
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