Everything has the potential to be data, but nothing becomes data without the intervention of a researcher who takes note-and often makes noteof some things to the exclusion of others.

Harry Wolcott, 1994, pp. 3-4

In its becoming, the data is already multiplicitous-it is not dependent on being stabilised or known in an onto-epistemic project of qualitative research ‘interpretation’ and ‘analysis.’ As a machine, data ‘works’ when it enters and interrupts a flow, or is ‘plugged in’ to produce different ontologies.