HASTAC to present Wednesdays at the Center: What can we learn about ourselves from data?

HASTAC to present Wednesdays at the Center: What can we learn about ourselves from data?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

On Wednesday, April 17, at 12 p.m., two HASTAC staff will speak about their NSF-funded projects that illustrate how big data can teach us about ourselves.

David Sparks, HASTAC NSF EAGER Postdoctoral Fellow, will speak about HASTAC's EAGER project, which studies HASTAC's own social network. Data can describe the shape of a community, and how its members communicate and interact. Sparks will show how a database culled from the hastac.org network reveals who is participating, and how, in the collaborative alliance that is HASTAC.

Sheryl Grant, Director of Social Networking for the HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition and PhD student at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, will speak about HASTAC's participation in the collaborative CI-BER project. Alistair Croll wrote that “Big data is our generation’s civil rights issue and we don’t know it." Grant will discuss ways that the CI-BER (Cyber Infrastructure of Billions of Electronic Records) project socializes big data to address ethical and policy issues affecting Asheville's African American Southside neighborhood. 

The event will take place at noon in room 240 of the John Hope Franklin Center, located at 2204 Erwin Road Durham, NC 27708-0402. Parking is available nearby in DUHS parking decks; for more information about parking, visit www.jhfc.duke.edu/contact-us/.  

W@TC is broadcast live on ustream.tv/dukeuniversity. Archives of the series are available for free on the Franklin Center's iTunes U store. Subscribe to the series by searching: "Wednesdays at the Center" on the iTunes Store.


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