Participatory Data Design – introducing a new design strategy

Participatory Data Design – introducing a new design strategy

Digital solutions are produced by developers who don’t share the local concerns of users, and researchers in digital humanities only play the role as observers and critics. Researchers from TANTlab and ILDlab present a new design called Participatory Data Design (PDD) aiming to contribute to today's data societies and related problems.

Last modified: 22.05.2017

 

Introduction

In a newly published book chapter, researchers from TANTlab and ILDlab presents the new design called Participatory Data Design (PDD). PDD is reaction against two of the most problematic tendencies of the developing data society: Digital solutions are produced by developers who don’t share the local concerns of users, and researchers in digital humanities only play the role as observers and critics. The key idea of PDD is to create working alliances between digital humanities researchers and local practitioners who are profoundly involved in the everyday life and work of specific organisations. Together, the partners will attempt to grasp and to explore new opportunities for using and producing data that relates to the local problems and organisational challenges. Data is thus a joint local project, rather than something which is delivered to higher levels of management. The article includes a detailed discussion of two PDD projects previously conducted by the authors.

The article on Participatory Data Design is a part of edited volume on ‘Co-creation and Capacity Building’ (edited by Hanne Kathrine Krogstrup). In dialogue with the other articles, the article therefore also examines how PDD relates to broader contemporary discussions about resilience and capacity building.

 

Excerpts from the article:

“We define Participatory Data Design as the involvement of stakeholders in the development of data and datastructures for the purpose of describing, supporting, add value to, and set goals for the stakeholder’s own work.”

“..much data is efficiently stored on countless platforms and media, but there is a strong tendency not to make use of data, or at best only to use it for delayed registration”.

“The ambition is to make data a resource for the internal capacity building of the organization rather than a tool for external governance”

“PDD is a specific take on how to organize participants and solve problems. (..) In a broad sense, PDD shares the hopes as well as the challenges the modes of government that attempt to build resilience rather than predict and prevent risks”

Reference:

Elgaard Jensen, T., A. K. Munk, A. L. Tamborg, A. K. Madsen & M. Misfeldt (2017) ‘Participatorisk Data Design: En ressource for Capacity Building’ In H.K.Krogstrup (ed.) Samskabelse og Capacity Building. København: Hans Reitzel, pp. 171-195