'A map and some pins': open data and unlimited horizons

Tim Sherratt

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Invited keynote presentation

The glories of messiness challenge the extractive metaphors that often characterise our use of digital data. We’re not merely digging or mining or drilling for oil, because each journey into the data offers new possibilities — our horizons are opened, because our categories refuse to be closed. These are journeys of enrichment, interpretation and creation, not extraction.

We’re putting stuff back, not taking it out.

Cultural institutions have an exciting opportunity to help us work with this messiness. The challenge is not just to pump out data, anyone can do that. The challenge is to enrich the contexts within which we meet this data — to help us embrace nuance and uncertainty; to prevent us from taking the categories we use for granted.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2013
EventOpen Heritage Data in the Nordic Region - Malmö, Sweden
Duration: 25 Apr 2013 → …


ConferenceOpen Heritage Data in the Nordic Region
Period25/04/13 → …


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