Here are two very different ways of thinking about the relationship between archives, data structures, analysis and everyday life.
First up, there are two very interesting videos of talks by two of the world’s leading humanities thinkers on such things—N. Katherine Hayles and Lev Manovich. These are below, followed by some links to a recent discussion (well somewhat heated argument) between The Guardian and probably the best known climate change science blog/site, RealClimate. This is very interesting for many reasons, not the least because of the clash of archives, and practices involving archives and data, when it comes to contemporary journalism.
A while back The Guardian newspaper, which is very good on climate change issues, published a series of reports (in the main by Fred Pearce) on the hacking of private emails between scientists at a leading climate change research centre. Interestingly, they crowdsourced some of their investigation and reporting on this. So this was a big shift in the kinds of authority that were being drawn on. A further clash of archives/authorities occurred when the RealClimate bloggers (who are, as the name suggests, real climate change scientists for the most part), objected to The Guardian‘s coverage of the issues—writing that much of the reporting had fundamental points and facts wrong. The discussion (make sure you read the comments) is very interesting for us because of the clash of archives, types of data, authorities, etc—from blogs to newspapers to crowdsourcing to peer reviewed science, and so on).
Finally, just in case you’re interested in provenance regarding climate change, Greenpeace has released a report on 20 years of climate change denial. Here’s a short a piece by Clive Hamilton on the Australian situation.