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Cooperation between Utrecht Data School and University of Helsinki

Utrecht Data School will cooperate with the Helsinki Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH). For the coming three years 2022-2023, Mirko Tobias Schäfer has been appointed a Visiting Professor to University of Helsinki. Mirko will cooperate closely with the groups of Minna Ruckenstein and Matti Nelimarkka. Mirko’s research interest revolves around datafication of citizens,…

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Utrecht University AI Lab Digital Humanities funding awarded to Utrecht Data School for a co-financed PhD position with De Groene Amsterdammer

Principal investigator: Karin van Es (Utrecht Data School) Co-applications: Mirko Tobias Schäfer and Joris Veerbeek (both Utrecht Data School), Kees van Deemter (Information and Computing Sciences), Ayoub Bagheri (Methodology and Statistics), Beatrice de Graaf and Pim Huijnen (both History); PhD ‘Employing text classification models for journalistic inquiry on public debates‘ – Joris Veerbeek, MA Together…

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New horizons

Starting March 1st, 2022, Utrecht Data School (UDS) will become part of the Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) at Utrecht University under the joint deanship of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities.  Investigating the implications of AI and datafication for our digital society requires concerted interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary efforts. Over the past…

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Publieke debatten online

Het publieke debat vindt in toenemende mate online plaats: op platformen die bekend zijn bij het grote publiek zoals Facebook en Twitter, maar ook op niche-platformen waar een kleiner deel van de bevolking gebruik maakt, zoals Telegram en Reddit. De gebruikers van deze platformen vormen geen grote, grijze massa, maar bestaan uit deelpublieken die elk…

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Verantwoorde AI

De tweede onderzoekslijn waar Utrecht Data School zich in specialiseert is data ethiek, oftewel, verantwoorde datapraktijken, algoritmes en AI. Met de invoering van de AVG in 2018 is meer bewustzijn gekomen voor de vraag ‘wat willen we eigenlijk met technologie?’ naast de vragen over technische mogelijkheden (‘wat kunnen we?’) en juridische grenzen (‘wat mogen we?’)….

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Insights into the Utrecht Data School

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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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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Bots as Digital Infrapunctures

This module was written by Cristina Cochior and Manetta Berends and produced in collaboration with Dr. Karin van Es and Creative Coding Utrecht. It combines theoretical and practical work, bringing the fields of digital humanities, design and media art together, and proposes to use the format of the prototype (and the activity of prototyping) as…

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Research

Applied Research The Utrecht Data School is a platform for applied research of data issues. Jointly with external organisations, our students work on an assignment; they provide our external partners with an exploratory analysis of a data set, investigate the impact of datafication for our partner’s organisation or market and reflect on policy options. UDS…

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The Datafied Society – Mirko Tobias Schäfer and Karin van Es

From the back-cover The large corpus of empirical data and available tools for data collection and analysis are changing the ways knowledge is produced. For the humanities, this transformation requires not only that we must critically inquire into how technology affects our understanding of knowledge and how it alters our epistemic processes, but that we…

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