Short Video on Reshaping Data Worlds for AoIR 2016

The following is a short video on Reshaping Data Worlds prepared for the 17th annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers – AoIR 2016 on “Internet Rules!” – which takes place in Berlin on 5-8th October 2016. It is part of a session on Big Data Meet Grassroots Activism organised by the DATACTIVE project. The transcript of the video is included below.

Read More »

Posted in academia, books, data, Data Worlds, open data, research, science and technology studies, videos | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 of information systems. These information systems do not only tell us things about the world around us. They also play a central role in organising many different aspects of our lives. They are not only instruments of knowledge, but also engines of change. But what kind of change will they bring?

Contemporary data infrastructures are the result of hundreds of years of work and thought. In charting the development of these infrastructures we can learn about the rise and fall not only of the different methods, technologies and standards implicated in the making of data, but also about the articulation of different kinds of social, political, economic and cultural worlds: different kinds of “data worlds”.

Beyond the rows and columns of data tables, the development of data infrastructures tell tales of the emergence of the world economy and global institutions; different ways of classifying populations; different ways of managing finances and evaluating performance; different programmes to reform and restructure public institutions; and how all kinds of issues and concerns are rendered into quantitative portraits in relation to which progress can be charted – from gender equality to child mortality, biodiversity to broadband access, unemployment to urban ecology.

Read More »

Posted in academia, advocacy, conferences, data, datajournalism, digital, digital methods, open data, openknowledge, policy, research, science and technology studies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Panel on Data Infrastructures and their Publics at “Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking” Conference, University of Bath, 14th September 2016

6892044684_9a7d056026_o

As part of my new role as Prize Fellow at the University of Bath, I’m organising a panel on data infrastructures and their publics at a conference on “Evidence and the Politics of Policymaking” this coming Wednesday 14th September 2016.

The panel will feature new research and reflections on this topic from:

  • Liliana Bounegru (University of Groningen + University of Ghent), who will be talking about her research on data work and data infrastructures in journalism (including examples from the Changing What Counts report and her work mapping journalism code ecologies on GitHub);
  • Tommaso Venturini (King’s College London), who will be talking about sprinting with data as means to engage different publics around data infrastructures – including the fantastic Climaps project, his work with Bruno Latour and a preview of some material from his forthcoming book on controversy mapping;
  • Sabine Niederer (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), who will be talking about “reclaiming data” with the Citizen Data Lab – including through participatory design sessions, visualisation initiatives and digital methods for mapping cities.

Read More »

Posted in academia, bath, conferences, data, datajournalism, digital methods, events, policy, research, science and technology studies, visualisation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Prize Fellowship at University of Bath

university_of_bath_logo-svg

This month I’ll be starting a new Prize Fellowship at the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. The Prize Fellowships mark fifty years since the founding of the university in 1966.

This is a fantastic opportunity for me to develop the research agenda that I’ve been working on around the politics of data – including at the University of Amsterdam and the médialab at Sciences Po earlier this year. This includes a book project on Data Worlds; several associated papers and research projects; and a new initiative engaging researchers, civil society groups and public institutions around public data infrastructures.

I’ll continue to be involved with policy and research activities at Open Knowledge International (albeit in more of an advisory capacity), and will continue to be active around many of the topics that I have worked on over the past decade – from civil society data and democratic engagement around data infrastructures, to tax justice and the transparency of clinical trials. I’ll also remain involved as a Research Associate with both the Digital Methods Initiative and the DATACTIVE project.

If you’d like to hear more about these research plans, or if you’re potentially interested in collaborating, please do get in touch.

50th Anniversary Prize Fellowships from University of Bath on Vimeo.

Posted in academia, bath, data, datactive, datajournalism, digital, digital methods, digitalhumanities, open data, openknowledge, policy, research, science and technology studies | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Talk: “Data Infrastructure Literacy”, 4S/EASST, Barcelona

DataPublics

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.

Read More »

Posted in academia, actor-network theory, data, datajournalism, digital methods, open data, policy, research, science and technology studies, talks | Leave a comment

Joining Advisory Board of LSE Impact Blog at London School of Economics and Political Science

The Impact Blog

I’ve recently been invited to join the Advisory Board for the LSE Impact Blog, at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The blog is one of the leading publications exploring how social science research is put to work in society.

Further details about the new Advisory Board are available here, and you can follow the blog on Twitter here.

Posted in academia, data, digital, digitalhumanities, higher education, open access, policy, research | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

New Paper: “Narrating Networks: Exploring the Affordances of Networks as Storytelling Devices in Journalism”

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.

Read More »

Posted in academia, data, datajournalism, design, digital, publications, research, visualisation | Leave a comment

New Paper: “Open Data, Privacy and Fair Information Principles: Towards a Balancing Framework”

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).

Read More »

Posted in academia, data, law, open data, policy, research | Leave a comment

New Paper: “Opening the Black Box of Scholarly Communication Funding: A Public Data Infrastructure for Financial Flows in Academic Publishing”

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.

Read More »

Posted in academia, data, open access, open data, openknowledge, policy, research, science and technology studies, visualisation | Leave a comment