D’Ignazio and Klein write that
questions about counting must be accompanied by questions about consent, as well as of personal safety, cultural dignity, and historical context.
Consent here roughly equates to how data are collected with the ability for a participant to choose to offer up information in ways they wish to do so or to participate at all.
Personal safety can relate to weighing risks to a participant’s safety if they participate or how they participate.
Cultural dignity roughly means that data collection creates data and data analysis that pays respect to the cultural backgrounds of those that participate and maybe even invites participants to help shape collection and analysis to ensure it is done respectfully.
Historical context roughly means that data collection and analysis is done in ways that keeps in mind larger histories (and root causes of social problems) in how data are collected, stored, and analyzed.
Beginning in the paragraph that starts, “Gender is certainly complicated…” and through the end of that section (the heading for the next section is “Rethinking Binaries in Data Visualization”), there is a really illuminating example D’Ignazio and Klein use that covers each of those elements to varying degrees.
But there are examples throughout the chapter that reflect concern for (or ignorance of) consent, personal safety, cultural dignity, and historical context.
Go back now and review that section I highlighted as well as a skim of the annotations you made and the chapter as a whole.
What do you notice about the tensions involved in data sets representing people and social problems while also attempting (or ignoring) matters of consent, personal safety, cultural dignity, and historical context?
Keep that answer in mind for the task below.
In a comment below, write about how your data set or database that you are writing about for your Data Set Biography and Influence Project both meets and fails to meet the challenges of designing a method of data collection that respects consent, personal safety, cultural dignity, and/or historical context in about 100-200 words.
Look over your data set or database as well as any information you can find that shows how the data was collected (e.g., a survey, an explanation of methodology, the about page).
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