In this 2013 collection of essays, edited by NYU media historian Lisa Gitelman, contributors discuss the cultural history of the concept of data, and elaborate on its past and possible future impacts in fields from science to finance. One essay probes the disagreements that arise in attempting to “reduce” various social scientific variables to data, and another details the prehistory of modern databases in the form of index card systems.
“‘Raw Data’ Is An Oxymoron,” Edited by Lisa Gitelman
Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.
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