Category Archives: advocacy

New Article: “Data Infrastructure Literacy”, Big Data & Society

An article on “Data infrastructure literacy” that I co-authored with with Carolin Gerlitz and Liliana Bounegru has just been published in Big Data & Society. The abstract for the article is copied below. The article is open access and you can download the PDF here. Data infrastructure literacy Jonathan Gray, Carolin Gerlitz, Liliana Bounegru A […]

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New Project: “Save Our Air”

Today the Public Data Lab is launching its Save Our Air project, which explores how data can be used to attend to and assemble people around different aspects of air pollution. As well as focusing on how data can represent air pollution levels in the context of science and policy, it looks at how “situating […]

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“The Social Lives of Digital Methods: Encounters, Experiments, Interventions” – Call for Participation in Digital Methods Winter School 2018, University of Amsterdam, 8-12th January 2018

The call for the Digital Methods Winter School 2018 at the University of Amsterdam is out now. This year’s theme is “The Social Lives of Digital Methods: Encounters, Experiments, Interventions”. I was kindly invited by Richard Rogers, Founder of the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam (where I’m also a Research Associate) to […]

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Hello Public Data Lab

Apart from working on my Data Worlds book, one of the things that I’ve been doing as part of my Prize Fellowship at the University of Bath is working to set up a new trans-national, trans-institutional Public Data Lab. I’m delighted to announce that Sage Publishing have recently committed to supporting the lab to help […]

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Open Data and Citizen Data Meetup in Barcelona, 7th December 2016

If you’re currently around in Barcelona and interested in open data, citizen data and related topics then I’ll be joining people from the EU H2020 funded Making Sense project for an informal meetup at the bar of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (Montalegre, 5, 08001 Barcelona) at 7pm on Wednesday 7th December 2016. […]

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Analysing Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Database

Amnesty International have just published the results of a data sprint about their historical database of Urgent Actions, which I coordinated as part of the Digital Methods Initiative Summer School 2016. A selection of outcomes published by Amnesty International can be found here. A selection of further materials from the Summer School project can be […]

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Who Will Shape the Future of the Data Society?

This piece was cross-posted on the blog of the International Open Data Conference 2016, which takes place in Madrid on 6-7th October 2016, as well as on the Open Knowledge International Blog, the LSE Impact Blog and the Institute for Policy Research Blog. The contemporary world is held together by a vast and overlapping fabric […]

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New Paper: “OpenTrials: Towards a Collaborative Open Database of All Available Information on All Clinical Trials”

A few years ago, I had some discussions with the physician, academic and science writer Ben Goldacre which led to a collaboration on a new project called OpenTrials. Clinical trials are conducted in order to generate information about the safety and effectiveness of a given medical treatment. This information is used to take decisions which […]

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New Report: “Changing What Counts: How Can Citizen-Generated and Civil Society Data Be Used as an Advocacy Tool to Change Official Data Collection?”

A new report that I co-authored for Open Knowledge and the CIVICUS DataShift initiative has just been released today, following on from a discussion paper I wrote on “Democratising the Data Revolution”. It is titled “Changing What Counts: How Can Citizen-Generated and Civil Society Data Be Used as an Advocacy Tool to Change Official Data […]

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Interview for The Guardian on Why Open Data Doesn’t Mean Open Government

I was recently interviewed for a piece in The Guardian about “Why open data doesn’t mean open government”. Here’s the section of the interview from which the article quotes: It is critical to remember the distinction between ‘open data’ and ‘open government’. Open data is a way to remove legal and technical barriers to using […]

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