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Tool criticism: From digital methods to digital methodology

Cite as: Van Es, Karin, Maranke Wieringa and Mirko Tobias Schäfer. 2018. “Tool criticism: From digital methods to digital methodology.” Datafied Society Working Paper Series. 28 May. Web. https://datafiedsociety.wp.hum.uu.nl/tool-criticism NB an updated version has been published ACM and can be downloaded here In this blog post we wish to reflect on the fact that digital…

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Onderzoek naar de Nederlandse Twittersfeer

Door: Maranke Wieringa, Ludo Gorzeman, Daniela van Geenen, Mirko Tobias Schäfer In een team van onderzoekers verbonden aan de Utrecht Data School (Universiteit Utrecht) en de Hogeschool Utrecht, voornamelijk het lectoraat Crossmediale Kwaliteitsjournalistiek zijn we in een langlopend project bezig om de Nerderlangs(talig)e Twittersfeer in kaart te brengen. Het onderzoek in opdracht van Vrij Nederland en Nieuwsuur…

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Why data need ethics / The more data affect people, the more ethics matter

Tracing ethical issues in data projects with the Data Ethics Decision Aid (DEDA) Data, algorithms and models are not simply neutral. On the contrary, they can constitute significant social impact and affect the individual livelihood as much as larger parts of society. Recently the Unemployment Agency of Michigan has been criticized for using a software…

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Future Directions of Critical Data Studies

From the beginning, the panel had a shared understanding that Critical Data Studies would include or touch upon the inquiry of platforms, algorithms, and data. Informed by software studies, media studies, and the science of technology studies, the emerging Critical Data Studies seem inherently to combine qualitative empirical research methods with digital methods and data…

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Challenging Citizenship: Social Media and Big Data

Editorial Notes Information technology affords that almost all aspects of our lives can be translated into data, data that are used for forecasting, assessment, real-time tracking, targeted advertising and polling. The practice of digitization and the role of electronic information media technology affects to various degrees almost all aspects of everyday life. Web platforms, such…

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Studying the Use of Social Media in Public Management and Police in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Social Media Use in Public Management and Police Social media are increasingly popular means for social interaction, sharing information and point of views. Among their users are also politicians, public institutions and corporations expanding their ways of communication through using social media. But social media also generate an enormous amount of data simply through their…

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Research Internship: Investigating social media metrics in politics and public management

-this internship is located at University of Duisburg-Essen; working language: German and English- Data appear to be everywhere: as many processes of everyday life currently produce data, from cell phones over shopping transactions to online media. Wherever an electronic process of information processing is involved, data are generated; data which are available for analysis. Simply…

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Mirko Tobias Schäfer appointed Mercator Research Fellow at the NRW School of Governance

Mirko Tobias Schäfer appointed Mercator Research Fellow at the NRW School of Governance Mirko Tobias Schäfer, co-founder of the Utrecht Data School has been appointed a Mercator Research Fellow at the NRW School of Governance for the year of 2016. Funded by the Stiftung Mercator the fellowship is a prestigious exchange program to facilitate visiting…

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Publication: “Between two Hypes” Big Data and Landgrab

In an interdisciplinary effort, Alex Gekker and Mirko Tobias Schäfer from the Utrecht Data School and professor Annelies Zoomers from International Development Studies have investigated how digital methods inform research in the geo sciences. looking at the phenomenon of the landgrab debate, the researchers show how the data from social media platforms and websites can…

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Irene Westra wins Peter G. Swanborn award

Irene Westra, executive secretary at Utrecht Data School, has been awarded the prestigious Peter G. Swanborn award for her BA thesis in sociology. Together with her co-author Elmira van den Broek, Irene investigated the impact of institutions on the organizational performance of open source communities. In their meticulously researched paper ‘The influence of institutions on…

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