The DATA browser book series explores new thinking and practice at the intersection of contemporary art, digital culture and politics. The series takes theory or criticism not as a fixed set of tools or practices, but rather as an evolving chain of ideas that recognise the conditions of their own making. The term "browser" is useful in pointing to the framing device through which data is delivered over information networks and processed by algorithms. Whereas a conventional understanding of browsing suggests surface readings and cursory engagement with the material, the series celebrates the potential of browsing for dynamic rearrangement and interpretation of existing material into new configurations that are open to reinvention. Combining an active verb and noun in the title as a stylistic device, each book includes contributions from established and emerging academics in conventional written forms as well as visual and/or experimental modes.
DATA browser books are open access, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution By Attribution Share Alike License. Under this license, authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy their work so long as the authors and source are cited and resulting derivative works are licensed under the same or similar license. No permission is required from the authors or the publisher. Books are developed through a peer-review process, and are freely available for download (PDF) as well as for sale through book stores or online (Print and ePUB).
Developed by series editors Geoff Cox and Joasia Krysa, DATA browser was established in 2004 and until 2017 published by Autonomedia, and supported by Arts Council England, Aarhus University and University of Plymouth. With support from the Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool John Moores University, it is now published by Open Humanities Press.