Category Archives: digital methods

New Book Chapter: “Exploring the Narrative Affordances of Graphs with the Iliad” in The Datafied Society, Amsterdam University Press

A book chapter that I co-authored on “How to Tell Stories with Networks: Exploring the Narrative Affordances of Graphs with the Iliad” has just been published in The Datafied Society: Studying Culture Through Data (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press) edited by Karin van Es and Mirko Tobias Schäfer. The chapter was written by Tommaso Venturini (INRIA), Liliana […]

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Call for Collaborators: “A Field Guide to Fake News”

We’re pleased to announce a new project to create “A Field Guide to Fake News”, led by myself, Liliana Bounegru and Tommaso Venturini. It will be launched at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia in April 2017. In the wake of concerns about the role of “fake news” in relation to the US elections, the […]

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Talk: “Data Visualisation, Data Experiences and Data Worlds” at Density Design, Politecnico di Milano, 28th February 2017

I was invited to give the opening address at the 2017 graduate exhibition of Density Design, Politecnico di Milano, one of the world’s leading research labs focusing on the visualisation of complex phenomenon. This year’s graduates produced a very interesting set of projects based on both official data and web data – on topics from […]

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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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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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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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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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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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