The forthcoming edition of the Digital Media Winter Institute in January 2020 is full of amazing opportunities to discuss, work and learn from Digital Methods. In the first week, our keynotes,  Tommaso Venturini (médialab of Sciences Po Paris) and Bernhard Rieder (University of Amsterdam) are joining the SMART Data Sprint 2020 with talks and practical labs. Venturi is a researcher at the CNRS Centre for Internet and Society, an associate researcher of INRIA and a founding member of the Public Data Lab. His keynote talk and practical labs are going to explore visual network analysis. Rieder is an associate professor in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and a researcher at the Digital Methods Initiative. He is giving a keynote on mapping value(s) in artificial intelligence (AI).

From 28 to 31 January 2020, participants from around the world will come to Lisbon to attend keynote lectures, short talks, parallel sessions of practical labs and join applied research projects. Experts and scholars will invite participants to work collectively on a range of issues involving internet memes and platform censorship, Anti-Feminist and Anti-LGBT Discourses, digital tools and the narrative affordances of cross-platform digital networks. Other opportunities for hands-on experimentation with methods are on the schedule with the following  practical labs:

– YouTube Research & Ranking Culture
Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL
– Gephi for beginners
– How to work with spreadsheets
– Shaping questions for Trends Studies through Digital Methods
– Raw Graphs for data exploratory analysis
– Data mining and visualization with R
– Getting to know data extraction + text analysis tools
– Visual Network Analysis
– Building Image-hashtag Networks
– Visual social media analysis
– Studying visual social media through Vision APIs
– Data Beautification

The main purpose of this data sprint is to provide an environment for experimenting with digital methods as critical practices. By inviting participants to engage with the concrete technical, interpretative and conceptual tasks, we put forward a hands-on approach to different forms of knowledge that are mobilized when performing data research as digital bildung.

To participate in the SMART Data Sprint 2020 is necessary to submit an application and pay the attendee fee. All information can be retrieved in the iNova Media Lab’s website or the #SMARTdatasprint research blog. Please note that the sprint is also offering partial scholarships.

Deadline for applications: January 13, 2020.

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