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[Book] All data are local

All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society
By Yanni Alexander Loukissas
MIT Press
April 2019, 272 pages

How to analyze data settings rather than data sets, acknowledging the meaning-making power of the local.

In our data-driven society, it is too easy to assume the transparency of data. Instead, Yanni Loukissas argues in All Data Are Local, we should approach data sets with an awareness that data are created by humans and their dutiful machines, at a time, in a place, with the instruments at hand, for audiences that are conditioned to receive them. The term data set implies something discrete, complete, and

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