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Data Worlds and Futures: Archives, Bioinformation and Evidence

Dr EJ Gonzalez-Polledo and Dr Silvia Posocco

As body fragments, tissue samples and DNA sequences are progressively transformed into highly mobile and replicable data, bioinformationm, that is, information obtained from or about living organisms, raises urgent questions about the entanglement of (life and) death with the materialities and mechanisms of data worlds. This project explores the relation between bioinformation, infrastructures and evidence through a programme of research activities which will involve experts and practitioners in a research network, and produce a new research agenda through collaborative workshops and anthropological research.

This project will open up major areas of enquiry that will improve public understandings of evidence intersecting of forensic science, genetic profiling, and algorithmic processing and foster new avenues in bioinformation research, data policy and algorithmic governance in the field of health and wellbeing.