A Stasis Network Methodology to Reckon with the Rhetorical Process of Data: How a Data Team Qualified Meaning and Practices

Heatmap of resulting co-occurrences between data team deliberation


Prior scholarship argues that facts derived from data are not separate from their contexts and values. In this study of a data journalism team, I define and apply a sociotechnical network approach to stasis that maps their rhetorical actions with their quantitative work. The stasis network methodology identified how their process confronted competing definitions of metrics, which impacted their sense of what was significant and ethically possible, when developing the goals for their report.

In Technical Communication Quarterly
Chris A. Lindgren
Chris A. Lindgren
Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Data Visualization

My research interests include the relations we create when writing code and developing software.