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This text is a translation of the original publication at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Network Society. In September 2021, Bennet Etsiwah, research associate in the research group “Data-driven Business Model Innovations” at the German Weizenbaum Institute, was a visiting researcher at the Utrecht Data School (UDS). In the following report, he explains what this…

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Are Knowledge Graph Embedding Models Biased, or Is it the Data That They Are Trained on?

Paper presentation by Wessel Radstok for 2nd Wikidata Workshop co-located with the 20th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2021) http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2982/ Radstok, Wessel, Melisachew Wudage Chekol, and Mirko Tobias Schafer. Are Knowledge Graph Embedding Models Biased, or Is it the Data That They Are Trained on? In: Proceedings of the 2nd Wikidata Workshop (Wikidata 2021), 20th…

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OA Book Call for Contributions

Making a Difference!Novel Research Methods in the Datafied Society Background: Schäfer and Lauriault are critical, theoretical and practice based scholars who do data work within and beyond the academy. While doing so they have experienced the tension between the expectations of traditional forms of scholarly funded research, and doing novel forms of socially relevant empirical…

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Call for Participants | Online UDS Summer School 2021: ‘Exploring Culture Through Data’

Are you curious, eager to learn and would you like to have an enriching experience during your summer holidays? The UDS Summer School would make a great opportunity! We are more than happy to invite you to the Utrecht Data Summer School 2021. From Monday 19th of July until Friday 23st of July, we will…

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Van scherm naar straat

Nederlanders protesteren wat af. Zo klonk er afgelopen weekend nog in heel het land een #klimaatalarm en protesteerden mensen op het #Malieveld tegen de coronamaatregelen. Protestgroepen vinden elkaar op sociale media en roepen op tot protest. Hoe organiseren protestgroepen zich online en wat is de rol van de mainstream media hierin? In hoeverre zien we…

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The impact of COVID-19 on the operation processes of Utrecht Data School (DEDA)

It is fair to state that COVID-19 has caused a shock-wave across society and also affected our way of working. Due to the measures such as lock-downs, sudden decisions about digital solutions had to be enforced to facilitate remote working, reduce costs in response to uncertain times and shift engagement from physical to virtual. Digital…

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A draft write up of the “Bots & Digital Infrapuncture” workshop

By Karin van Es Cristina Cochior and Manetta Berends, both researchers/designers operating in the Netherlands, developed an online workshop Bots and Digital Infrapuncture inspired by professor Deb Verhoeven’s concept “digital infrapuncture”. The aim of the workshop was to imagine bots in chat protocols that intervene in the assumptions on which the platforms are designed. The…

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Mapping best practices of ethically responsible data projects

Recently we started a new project together with the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG) and seven municipalities. We will observe the implementation of data projects in seven different municipalities, starting from an initial data ethics impact assessment to their implementation into the public management process. Since 2016 we have had a lot of experience with…

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Data walking in Düsseldorf: A quick write up on the datafication of coffee bean roasting

by Karin van Es For the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association for Cultural Management conference I was asked to organize a data walk. With four other participants we walked the city center of Düsseldorf using the theme “ownership” to frame our conversations as we defined, observed and reflected on data. The first fifteen minutes…

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