Category Archives: data

New Network on “Programming as Social Science” (PaSS)

What is the role of software programming in the social sciences? My colleague Phillip Brooker (University of Bath) and I have recently been working together to set up a new initiative to advance both critical reflection and what Philip Agre describes as “critical technical practice” around programming in the context of the social sciences. If […]

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Book Chapter: “Ways of Seeing Data” in Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research (London, Palgrave Macmillan)

A book chapter that I co-authored on “Ways of Seeing Data: Towards a Critical Literacy for Data Visualizations as Research Objects and Research Devices” has just been published in Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research (London: Palgrave Macmillan). It was written with Liliana Bounegru (University of Groningen / University of Ghent), Stefania Milan (University […]

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Piece in Open Democracy: “How Could a Global Public Database Help to Tackle Corporate Tax Avoidance?”

The following piece was originally published in Open Democracy to coincide with the release of a new research report co-authored with Alex Cobham (Chief Executive, Tax Justice Network) and Richard Murphy (City, University of London) looking at the current state and future prospects of a global public database of corporate accounts. It was also cross-posted on the Tax Justice Network […]

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Talk: “Data Work: Bridging Data Journalism and Digital Sociology”, Aalborg University Copenhagen, 7th February 2017

I’ll be giving a talk with Liliana Bounegru on “Data Work: Bridging Data Journalism and Digital Sociology” at the Techno-Anthropology Lab of Aalborg University Copenhagen on 7th February 2017. If you’re around in Copenhagen and interested in data journalism, digital sociology and/or digital methods, you are welcome to join us! Full details in the abstract […]

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Piece on “Datafication and Democracy” in IPPR’s Juncture

The following piece was originally published in Juncture, IPPR’s journal of politics and ideas, on 21st December 2016. Digital information systems have come to play a central role in how we organise and imagine collective life in the 21st century. The limits of our world are demarcated by electronic equipment scanning the movements of the […]

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Call for Papers: “Digital Methods for Public Policy”, International Conference on Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 28-30th June 2017

I’m involved in organising a panel on “Digital Methods for Public Policy” at the International Conference on Public Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 28-30th June 2017. If you’re interested in using digital methods for policy research, then you’re welcome to apply. Further details about the panel can be […]

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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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Piece on “Leibniz, Llull, and the Computational Imagination” in the Public Domain Review

The following piece was originally posted on the Public Domain Review on the 10th November 2016. Three hundred years after the death of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and seven hundred years after the birth of Ramon Llull, Jonathan Gray looks at how their early visions of computation and the “combinatorial art” speak to our own age […]

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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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Digital Methods Winter School 2017 on “Data Infrastructures: Database Stories, Dumps and Query Driven Narratives”, University of Amsterdam, 9-13th January 2017

I’m involved in co-organising the 2017 edition of the annual Digital Methods Initiative Winter School which is on the theme of “Data Infrastructures: Database Stories, Dumps and Query Driven Narratives”. I’ll be speaking at the event alongside Professor Geoffrey Bowker (School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine), who is one of the […]

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