Working with Data: From Formats to Ethics
February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST| Free
This workshop offers a space for participants to develop their data literacies and experiment with the role of humanistic inquiry in data work, and vice versa. We’ll start with a primer on data types, formats, and modeling, bringing into focus information genres that we encounter every day but often take for granted (like tables and lists). Equipped with the basics of data structures, we’ll spend the second half of our session cultivating care-informed data practices. We’ll explore what this year’s theme — “Care and Repair” — means for how we “do” data work, including humanities data management and data-driven research and pedagogy. Participants will learn about the affordances and critiques of “restorative” data approaches that seek to “fill” gaps caused by the systematic omission and erasure of marginalized peoples. We’ll discuss frameworks and strategies that have emerged from data feminism, digital justice, and critical data studies in order to think intentionally about the role of data in our scholarship and teaching. This workshop is designed for humanities scholars and students who are interested in pursuing data-driven work and who want to develop critical and ethical — rather than purely instrumental — data practices, though folks from all disciplines are welcome!