Everyday Adventures with Unruly Data

MIT. Oct. 2022. 336p. ISBN 9780262544405. pap. $35. PRO MEDIA
Feinberg (information science, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) states that readers are confronted with data in their everyday lives, sometimes in the most ordinary of ways: questioning numbers on a scale, analyzing a package of butter, navigating within a foreign setting, or even a trip to the library places data front and center. In this volume, the author explores data from the human element and not from the perspective of a data or systems analyst. There are seven chapters labeled and centered on a specific aspect encountered by the author: Serendipity, Objectivity, Equivalence, Interoperability, Taxonomy, Labels, and Locality. Chapters are divided into two sections: a main essay describing her personal adventures with data and how the author came to understand this experience; and a second essay with a reflection on the adventure through the lens of her scholarship work within information science.
VERDICT This is a highly engaging and recommended study on the daily encounters with data. Best for data specialists, librarians, taxonomists, and consumers.
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