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Canadian Assets Data Workflow

Human (white) and algorithmic (shaded) flow

As part of our discussion, I had asked whether we could draw an image of work flows that consisted of human judgement and calculative dimension. Specifically:

I sought to visualize relationships by reference to practical understandings and also through IT systems. Information-sifting, for example, is selective and depends on high levels of embodied understandings such as years of experience. By contrast, IT infrastructure such as DB Planning Systems employ a logic of conversion whereby the Arctic is converted into knowledge with the intention of creating value.

While in the first instance, assembly (in white) takes place by rendering embodied knowledge explicit, in the second, technical systems (in color) redistribute calculative capacities from humans to machines.

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