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Data Practices: Conference

October 2, 2020 (All day)
Broadcast live via Zoom

Registration Required

CESTA, Stanford Data Science Institute, and Stanford Libraries are hosting an online trans-disciplinary event exploring how data science, digital humanities, and libraries address sources, methods, and meaning. This virtual conference will feature keynote addresses from Mark Hansen, Anne Burdick, and more.

Researchers in every field of study have access to far more data than could have been imagined even a decade ago. The scale and speed of data creation has opened up exciting new paths of inquiry while also introducing new kinds of data bias and challenges. Data science has made significant advances in computational and mathematical tools to organize and analyze data, recognize patterns and make predictions at scale. The digital humanities are also concerned with scale, but focus on how we reduce historical and literary sources into data representations that are ripe for computation. Libraries and archives that produce metadata, define collections, and trace provenance, all to provide meaningful context, are in need of more powerful tools to support the production of new knowledge. This state of things provides an opportunity, and perhaps faces us with an imperative, to learn from each other across theoretical and methodological divides, and to address the social, ethical, and political implications of the boundlessness of data today.

This event will be hosted as a "watch party" via Zoom, with talks followed by question and answer sessions with the speakers. Registration for the conference is required: all registrants will be sent details to access the video conference.

Mark Hansen is Professor of Journalism and Innovation at Columbia Journalism School and Director  David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute of Media Innovation. He has been working at the intersection of data, art and technology for nearly 3 decades, and has an active art practice involving the presentation of data for the public. Prior to joining Columbia, he was a professor at UCLA in the Department of Statistics, the Department of Design Media Arts, and the Department of Electrical Engineering. Hansen was also a Co-PI for the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, and a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories. He has been awarded eight patents and has published over 60 papers in data science, statistics and computer science.

Anne Burdick is a designer, critic, educator, and researcher. She is Professor and Chair of Media Design Practices, a graduate program at Art Center College of Design focused on designing for the future of information and communication technologies. Anne designs experimental text projects in diverse media, for which she has garnered recognition, from winning the prestigious Leipzig Award for book design to being nominated for a Webby Award for her work with interactive texts and electronic literature. She is a co-author of Digital_Humanities, and her writing and design can be found in the Los Angeles Times, Eye Magazine, Émigré, and Electronic Book Review, among others. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Gallery, SFMOMA, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Stanford Libraries
Stanford Data Science Institute
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