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WSI Distinguished Lecture with Professor Evelyn Ruppert

Published: 5 February 2015

The Web Science Institute hosted the second in it's series of Distinguished Lectures at the University of Southampton on Thursday 22 January 2015.

Although an extremely cold evening there was a large turnout of students, staff and Industry Partners who arrived to listen to a lecture delivered by Professor Ruppert of Goldsmiths College, London entitled: Reflections on Big Data & Society: visualising an emerging field.

"Big Data & Society: critical interdisciplinary inquiries is a recently launched SAGE journal that involves over 70 scholars from 15 countries and across the disciplines of the arts, humanities and social and computing sciences. As founding and chief editor, my talk will focus on how we designed a visualisation for the Journal that reflexively engages with how it is defining what Big Data is and its matters of concern. I’ll critically question our decision to work with a network diagram – one of the most popular visualisations in circulation – and discuss how it captures issues that working with Big Data introduce: interactivity, dynamism, recursivity and performativity. Through this discussion I will think about how our research practices are inside rather than outside of the making of what is Big Data"



Watch the full video of the talk here


Read a blog written by Digichamps, Sylvian Jesudoss and Elena Tsarkova

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