When new data practices are being deployed at cultural heritage organisations, a new set of apprehensions and insecurities emerge. Data and activities around it are often very elusive. At the interactive session, participants were invited to confront and get to know their data monsters through various interactive exercises: depicting the monster, naming the monster, addressing the monster and giving it an opportunity to respond.
Taking inspiration from Monster Studies, which conceptualises the agency of technology and data through the figure of the monster, the workshop aimed to explore the monstrous aspects of data practices so that we might learn to live and work (differently) with our monsters.
To begin with the participants named their challenges while working with data, and most of them had the problem of not having an overview of how much and what kind of data was already existing in their institutions or the data was not orderly enough.