Doing Data Work: Technical and Organisational Pragmatics in Smart Cities

QUT’s Design Lab and Digital Media Research Centre are thrilled to present Paul Dourish in this exclusive guest lecture, Doing Data Work: Technical and Organisational Pragmatics in Smart Cities.


As in so many other parts of contemporary life, data-driven approaches are often presented as a means to resolve problems in urban governance, from civic participation to institutional accountability. In recent ethnographic work, we have been examining data practice in a large city with a particular emphasis on the challenges of meshing data practice with existing institutional frames. In this talk, I’ll discuss some of our early findings, highlighting the gulf between the rhetoric of smart cities and the practical work of urban governance.

Paul’s Lecture will be followed by light refreshments and conversation outside D Block, Gardens Point Campus.


About Paul:


Paul Dourish is Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics and Associate Dean for Research in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and Anthropology, and an Honorary Senior Fellow in Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. His research combines topics in human-computer interaction, social informatics, and science and technology studies. He is the author of several books, most recently The Stuff of Bits: An Essay on the Materialities of Information. He is a Fellow of the ACM and the BCS, and a member of the SIGCHI Academy.


Location: QUT, Gardens Point Campus, Z Block, Room 401 [link to map]
Start Date: 03/09/2018 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 1.00pm
End Date: 03/09/2018
End Time: 2.00pm
Cost: FREE
Organiser: Presented by QUT's Design Lab and Digital Media Research Centre

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