The fourth edition of SMART Data Sprint broke its own records. From January 27th to 31st, NOVA FCSH received 40 researchers (collaborators and participants) from 15 countries to experience a week full of data challenges and group work. The week started with a short talk about Unpacking Digital Methods, with the SMART coordinator, Janna Joceli Omena (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and a keynote by Bernhard Rieder (University of Amsterdam) on Mapping Values in AI/ Mapping YouTube – probes into Deep Mediatization.

The next day, it took place the masterclass addressed on Countering Misinformation on Social Media Platforms, by Johnnatan Messias (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS). On wednesday, the keynote about What do we See when We look at Networks by Tommaso Venturini (Centre for Internet and Society | Public Data Lab) brought a critical approach to network visualisation nowadays.

Photo: Luís Reis/ NOVA FCSH

Along the week, almost 30 editions of thematic Practical Labs (short courses with an applied approach) were offered to the participants, such as: Visual Network Analysis, Data beautification, Building Hashtag-Image Networks, Researching YouTube, Gephi for beginners, Extracting meaning from spreadsheets through dataviz, Getting to know data extraction + text analysis tools and much more.

Photos: Débora Alves/iNOVA Media Lab

Also in the schedule, the researchers could opt to work on a specific project, presented to the audience on the very first day. The four groups were 1) Cross-Platform Digital Networks – Exploring the narrative affordances of force-directed layouts and data relational nature, 2) From “Tumblr purge” to “female nipples” – Telling a Story of Platform Censorship Critique through Memes and Digital Methods.

Photos: Débora Alves/iNOVA Media Lab

The others two projects were the 3) Anti-Feminist and Anti-LGBT Discourse in Brazil – Qualifying social media engagement around the 2018 presidential election and 4) Method maps: accounting for and situating the work with digital tools.

The interdisciplinary backgrounds were extremely fruitful to the development of the many different approaches using digital methods. The results were presented on the last day of the week and will be soon available on the SMART Data Sprint research blog.

Photos: Débora Alves/iNOVA Media Lab