Today I’ll be giving a talk at at 4S/EASST in Barcelona about ongoing research on “data infrastructure literacy” by Liliana Bounegru, Carolin Gerlitz and myself. The abstract is copied below.
This is part of a track on “New Collective Practices of Measurement, Monitoring and Evidence” organised by Evelyn Ruppert, Daniel Neyland and Jennifer Gabrys at Goldsmiths, University of London.
If you’re interested in hearing more about our work or collaborating in this area, please do get in touch.
A journal article which I co-authored with Liliana Bounegru, Tommaso Venturini and Mathieu Jacomy has just been published in Digital Journalism.
The title is “Narrating Networks: Exploring the Affordances of Networks as Storytelling Devices in Journalism”, and the abstract is copied below.
An open access pre-print of the paper is available here, and a list of the projects that were compiled during the course of the research is available here.
A journal article which I co-authored with Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius and Mireille van Eechoud – both at the Institute for Information Law (IVIR) at the University of Amsterdam – has just been published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal (BTLJ).
The title is “Open Data, Privacy and Fair Information Principles: Towards a Balancing Framework”, and the abstract is copied below. The full paper can be downloaded here (PDF).
A journal article on scholarly communication finances which I co-authored with Stuart Lawson and Michele Mauri is now online at the Open Library of Humanities. It is titled “Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing” and the abstract is copied below.
While in this paper we have mainly focused on scholarly communication finances in the UK, we would like to continue to develop this research agenda in other countries. If you’re interested in collaborating, please do get in touch.
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 can transform people’s lives. However research suggests that negative results are often withheld, and outcomes are often only selectively reported. OpenTrials aspires to address this by providing a collaborative database of public information about clinical trials, collated from a wide variety of different sources for and by patients, doctors, researchers, civil society groups, public institutions and others.
Ben and I have co-authored a paper which outlines what we hope to do with the OpenTrials project, which has just come out in the open access Trials journal published by BioMed Central. The abstract for the paper is copied below.
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 Collection?”, and contains seven case studies accompanied by a series of recommendations for civil society groups, public institutions and policy-makers. The case studies cover data collection initiatives around a wide variety of different topics – from literacy rates in East Africa to water access in Malawi, migration deaths in Europe to fracking pollution in the US. It was researched and written by myself, Danny Lämmerhirt and Liliana Bounegru.
We hope that it will contribute to advancing policies and practices to make public information systems more responsive to the interests and concerns of civil society. The full report can be downloaded here.
Posted in advocacy, data, datajournalism, open data, openknowledge, publications, research
Tagged advocacy, citizen data, citizen generated data, civil society, civil society data, data journalism, data revolution, open data, public information
For the next few months I’ll be a Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po in Paris, collaborating on several research initiatives with the médialab led by Professor Bruno Latour and the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA).
This will include mapping controversies around the taxation of multinational companies, as well as developing research on data infrastructures and the politics of public information.
Posted in academia, actor-network theory, data, datajournalism, digital methods, open data, research, science and technology studies, taxjustice
Tagged Bruno Latour, data infrastructures, Medialab, public information, Sciences Po, Tax
Yesterday I gave a presentation on “Ways of Seeing Data” at the Digital Methods Winter School Mini-Conference at the University of Amsterdam.
The presentation was based on a forthcoming publication co-authored with Liliana Bounegru, Stefania Milan and Paolo Ciuccarelli in which we propose a heuristic framework for advancing critical literacies to read,
understand, create and work with data visualisations.
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Tagged critical literacy, data infrastructure, Data Visualisation, dataviz, Digital Methods, dmi16, John Berger, research, science and technology studies, sociology of quantification, sts, visual culture, visual literacy
I’m part of a new research project called DATACTIVE: The Politics of Data According to Civil Society at the University of Amsterdam. The project is funded by the European Research Council and led by Stefania Milan who specialises in the study of social movements and their technologies.
The three main research questions of the project are as follows:
- How do citizens resist massive data collection by means of technical fixes (re-active data activism)?
- How do social movements use big data to foster social change (pro-active data activism)?
- How does data activism affect the dynamics of transnational civil society, and transnational advocacy networks in particular?
I will largely focus on the second question, building on my research on the politics of public information – including on open data, data journalism, data activism and transparency after the “digital turn”. This will incorporate a combination of empirical, historical and theoretical research to critically study and contribute to rethinking the politics of data.
This research will also inform my work to advance a more ambitious civil society agenda around reshaping data infrastructures as Director of Policy and Research at Open Knowledge.