Category Archives: visualisation

New Course on “Data Activism” at King’s College London

This academic year we’ve got a new graduate course on “data activism” at King’s College London, which I’ve been teaching this semester. The course supports students to critically engage with emerging practices associated with data activism, drawing on perspectives from science and technology studies, (new) media studies and data studies. Along with other readings, it […]

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New paper: “Data witnessing: attending to injustice with data in Amnesty International’s Decoders project” in Information, Communication & Society

Information, Communication & Society have just published an article that I wrote on “Data witnessing: attending to injustice with data in Amnesty International’s Decoders project”. The article is open access and the abstract and full reference are copied below. This piece would not have been possible without the time and input from the list of […]

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Table of contents and chapter previews for “The Data Journalism Handbook: Towards a Critical Data Practice”

As we announced last year, Liliana Bounegru and I are currently co-editing a new edition of the The Data Journalism Handbook which will be published on Amsterdam University Press next year. As it says in the introduction, the book is “a collective experiment in accounting for data journalism practices and a collective invitation to explore […]

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New Essay: “The Data City as Public Experiment?”

An essay on “The Data City as Public Experiment?” that I wrote with Noortje Marres (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick) has just come out in London Ideas, a new publication from the Centre for London. You can download a PDF of the piece here. The précis is as follows: Cities have long been […]

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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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Japanese Translation of “A Field Guide to ‘Fake News’ and Other Information Disorders”

The Japan Center of Education for Journalists (JCEJ) has just published a Japanese translation of the Public Data Lab‘s Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders. You can download the PDF here. I provided the following quote to accompany their announcement: We’re delighted to see the Japanese translation of the Field Guide to […]

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New Project: MiniVAN for the Visual Analysis of Networks

I’m happy to announce that the Public Data Lab has received funding from Sage Publishing to develop a project called MiniVAN. This will be a simple tool to facilitate the visual analysis of networks and online publication of results. Further details are copied below. MiniVAN will be an easy-to-use tool that will support non-specialist social […]

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Publication: A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders

Today sees the launch of A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders, a new free and open access resource to help students, journalists and researchers investigate misleading content, memes, trolling and other phenomena associated with recent debates around “fake news”. The field guide responds to an increasing demand for understanding the interplay […]

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Preprint on “Visual Network Exploration for Data Journalists”, Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies

We’ve recently uploaded a new preprint for a book chapter on “Visual Network Exploration for Data Journalists”, which is to be published in the forthcoming Routledge Handbook to Developments in Digital Journalism Studies (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018) edited by Scott Eldridge II and Bob Franklin. This is part of a series of collaborations with Tommaso Venturini, […]

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Graph of Total Number of Websites on the Internet (1991-2015)

I was recently looking for a chart illustrating the estimated growth of the total number of websites online, while preparing for a series of lectures I’m giving on digital methods (including reviewing cultural and social histories of the web, as well as different ways of doing research both with and about hyperlinks and search engines). […]

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