VISITOR SEMINAR: Whose data publics? Three case studies to address datafication with Florence Millerand and Guillaume Latzko-Toth

Date:   15 May

Location: Noosa Room, X Block

Whose data publics? Three case studies to address datafication

The “datafication” of society designates the increasingly pervasive role that the production, circulation, collection, and processing of data through digital technologies play in everyday life. Our research engages with a relatively neglected aspect in the scholarship on datafication: What publics are imagined in data production projects? Do these data reach actual publics? What issues mobilize them? After discussing the sensitizing concept of “data public”, we will present preliminary findings from three ethnographic case studies of organizations deploying data production, publishing or reuse strategies: The City of Montreal (open data portal), Data For Good Montreal (a data-activist group) and Pulsar, a health-care research consortium based in Quebec City.

Florence Millerand is a full professor in the Department of Social and Public Communication at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). Guillaume Latzko-Toth is a full professor in the Department of Information and Communication at Laval University (Quebec City, Canada). They are both codirectors of LabCMO – Laboratory for Communication and the Digital (labcmo.ca), an interuniversity research group who focuses on the changes that the uses of digital communication technologies generate in society.

 

 

 

 

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