Data are not going to go away, but I am happy if we can declare the buzzword ‘big data’ dead. I believe it is time to move past ‘3Vs’ and other banal ways to describe data, and to develop a sort of ‘material science’ of the digital domain; i.e. how do data come to be, what are the digital features of data as economic resource, and how do data become entangled with human practices.

Entrepreneur, MIS scholar and thinker with thirty years of experience in digital technology —