Data worlds and futures: archives, bioinformation and evidence


  • Dr Silvia Posocco

    Birkbeck, University of London

Project summary

Bioinformation is the information obtained from or about living organisms from body fragments, tissue samples and DNA sequences. This information is transformed into highly mobile and replicable data, which has raised urgent questions about life, death and the mechanisms of data. 

We will explore the relation between bioinformation, infrastructures and evidence through a programme of research activities which will involve experts and practitioners in a research network, working together to produce a new research agenda through collaborative workshops and anthropological research.

We will open areas of inquiry that will improve public understanding of evidence and its intersection of forensic science, genetic profiling and algorithms. It will foster new avenues in bioinformation research, data policy and algorithmic governance in the field of health and wellbeing.