This article takes scientific ‘raw data’ as its ethnographic
object in order to investigate the co-implication of nature and culture in
scientific knowledge practices. The article traces out some of the activities
that are involved in producing numerical climate data from the Brazilian
Amazon. Although science and technology studies (STS) makes a
strong case for associating relationality with certainty, the article argues
that a particular form of data, ‘raw data’, complicates this association.
It further argues that scientific data is not simply composed out of relations,
but is a relation itself. The article ends with a brief reflection on
the possible repercussions of shifting from thinking of science as producing
multiple natures and cultures to thinking of it as producing the
potential for relations.