Projects Archive – Public Data Lab

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  • Field Guide to Public Data Projects

    The United Nations has suggested the need for a “data revolution” to address urgent transnational issues such as climate change and inequality. It has endorsed not only improving national statistical data collection, but also opening public sector data up for broader societal re-use, as well as exploring the capacities of emerging forms of digital data, […]

  • Out of the Flames: Mapping the Politics of #AmazonFires

    A collaboration with the European Forest Institute to explore forest governance and the changing role of forests in society according to web and social media data. The project explores how the 2019 Amazon forest fires were addressed and accounted for through a series of analyses using online data from digital platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Google, […]

  • Ways of Listening to Forests

    How can we sense and make sense of forests with devices, techniques and our bodies? How might we cultivate an interdisciplinary “arts of noticing” (Tsing) for attending to forests and their role in critical zones? Engaging with themes in the Critical Zones exhibition and catalogue curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel, this project explores different ways of listening to forests, drawing […]

  • Infrastructuring the Lab

    How does the Public Data Lab operate? How does it engage with various actors, groups and publics? What kinds of infrastructures does it need in place in order to supports its activities? This project involves supporting and caring for the means through which the Public Data Lab and its projects and collaborations are materially organised, […]

  • Data Portal Explorer

    What do data portals do? This initiative explores digital methods and approaches for studying data portals as online devices. This includes gathering an international research group on data portal studies, as well as developing a prototype tool and open source software library for repurposing data portal metadata in order to examine public sector datafication and […]

  • COVID-19 Testing on Twitter

    A new challenge that the COVID-19 pandemic has ignited is testing – and not testing – for the virus, as a central concern among the population. Much of the debate has focused on the merits of different types of tests and testing infrastructures (PCR; anti-body; symptom-based testing through apps). However, equally remarkable about COVID testing […]

  • What Can Citizen Generated Data Do?

    A research initiative to map and explore what “citizen-generated data” can do, with a particular focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Led by the Public Data Lab, King’s College London, the médialab at Sciences Po and Open Knowledge International in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and the UN Foundation. Further details can be found at this blog post and […]

  • Digital Methods Recipes

    How can we share different ways of doing things with digital data, methods and infrastructures? How can text, images, video, GIFs and other materials be used to provide accounts of digital methods, cultivate sensibilities towards interpretive work, surface tacit knowledge and encourage reflection on decisions, tools, devices, assumptions and materials? This is a project to […]

  • Investigating Infodemic

    Responding to the World Health Organisation’s warning that misinformation related to COVID-19 constitutes an “infodemic,” this project studies conspiracy theories as a particularly seductive kind of misinformation. Infodemic: Combatting COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories is using methods from digital humanities and cultural studies to understand how and why conspiracy narratives circulate in different platforms and online spaces […]

  • The Fog of Finance

    As part of this project we created an “Atlas of Offshore FDI” exploring financial relations between states through the flows of money from foreign direct investment (FDI). Its specificity is the effort to visualize the combinations and modifications of the flows of money for making sense of transnational economic activity as well as visual practices […]

  • Save Our Air

    Supported by OrganiCity and developed by the Public Data Lab, SaveOurAir is an exploration of the social and political aspects of “smart cities”. Its specificity is the effort to use digital data to stir (rather than settle) urban debate and to nurture (rather than purify) their multiple attachments. Focussing on air quality, SaveOurAir explored three ways […]

  • Organising Participation with Air Pollution Data

    How can air pollution sensors be used by various actors for public purposes beyond scientific measurement and policy management? This project explores how air pollution devices and data can be used to facilitate and organise public participation around the issue of air pollution in various ways, from gathering publics to inviting action to inventive performances. […]

  • MiniVAN

    Networks are increasingly popular in the social sciences and in the humanities as interfaces for exploratory data analysis. “Visual Networks Analysis” (or VNA) allows scholars to analyse large relational datasets without having to deal with the full complexity of graph mathematics. Current VNA tools, however, are either too complicated or unable to handle large datasets. […]

  • The Data Journalism Handbook

    The Data Journalism Handbook: Towards a Critical Data Practice (Amsterdam University Press, 2021) provides a rich and panoramic introduction to data journalism, combining both critical reflection and practical insight. It offers a diverse collection of perspectives on how data journalism is done around the world and the broader consequences of datafication in the news, serving […]

  • Tracing Public Facts

    Prompted by Noortje Marres’s article “Why We Can’t Have Our Facts Back” this project explores different approaches for tracing and narrating “public facts” online. Some explorations from a workshop on “A Digital Test of the News: Checking the Web for Public Facts” can be found here.

  • A Field Guide to “Fake News”

    A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders explores the use of digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online. It responds to an increasing demand for understanding the interplay between digital platforms, misleading information, propaganda and viral content practices, and their influence on politics and […]