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Digital Exclusion and the Data Creation Gap: An Exploration of the Connections Between Social Limits to Data Access, Data Creation, and Nuanced Exclusions In Human Data Interactions

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Human Data Interaction, Disadvantage and Skills in the Community

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Research into data tends to have fallen into two main silos: examination of the barriers people face when accessing data, and investigative studies into supporting people in their use of data. Such studies have built on the body of knowledge around Human Data Interaction (HDI) and have provided insights on those who are not able to fully benefit from the digital age. There is, however, a relatively unidentified novel concern around HDI in our current interconnected world. This centres on how the very process of data creation has certain inbuilt limitations for some individuals because of quasi hidden social, locational, or contextual limits to their data access in the first place. A vicious cycle is created when certain social limits prevent data creation, which in turn creates a lack of access to generated data, leading to limited HDI in certain individuals. This limited HDI then closes the loop by reinforcing/facilitating those social limits to data creation and access that kickstarted the cycle in the first place. This chapter relates in particular to the theme of legibility because it is about enhancing comprehension on the important role that inclusive data generation has on universal inclusion in HDI.

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Ogwude, U. (2023). Digital Exclusion and the Data Creation Gap: An Exploration of the Connections Between Social Limits to Data Access, Data Creation, and Nuanced Exclusions In Human Data Interactions. In: Hayes, S., Jopling, M., Connor, S., Johnson, M. (eds) Human Data Interaction, Disadvantage and Skills in the Community. Postdigital Science and Education . Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-31875-7_1

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