It has been a while since this blog has received an essential update. This happened mainly because I moved to the U.S. to begin my time as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. I have been here for exactly two months and will stay for almost another half a year. I also maintain blog that covers my spare time experiences and is updated more frequently – it is written in German, since it is intended for my family and friends at home.
This is a new issue of Julian’s Databyte, an occasionally published compilation of links, news and reviews from the world of open data, data journalism, internet research and political entertainment.
Mike Ananny and Kate Crawford have interviewed news app designers in the United States and Europe and analyzed how they understand their work related to the profession of journalism. Their article A Liminal Press is behind a paywall, but if you contact the authors, I am confident that you will be provided with a copy.
At the end of March, the Tow Center in New York held a conference on „Quantifying Journalism“. All the panels have been recorded and uploaded on YouTube. On the occasion of the conference, Alexander Howard presented a comprehensive report on data journalism – well done. A report on sensors and journalism, led by Fergus Pitt, might also be of interest to you.
In the past weeks, I have been working together with Christian on a Twitter analyis that focuses on the agency of hashtags in political debates. Below are the slides of our talk we gave at DGPuK 2014, the annual conference of the German Communication Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Publizistik- und Komunikationswissenschat). Update: Yay, our contribution won the “Best Paper Award” at the conference.
Bei meinem Arbeitgeber, der FH Joanneum, gibt es den so genannten Rector’s Blog, in dem Rektor Karl Pfeiffer aus seiner Arbeit berichtet. Immer wieder werden dort auch MitarbeiterInnen und ihre Tätigkeiten vorgestellt. Vor kurzem hatte ich die Ehre, auf einen Tee mit dem Rektor zu gehen. Und weil der Blog nicht öffentlich zugänglich ist, reposte ich hier das Interview.
Rektor Pfeiffer und Julian Ausserhofer, Mitarbeiter am Studiengang „Journalismus und Public Relations (PR)“, trafen sich am Campus Graz auf einen Tee.
I Did Not Know How a Researcher Can Pack Words Like Sachertorte, #Aufschrei, Wanderlust and Paradigm Shift into Five Paragraphs. And Then I Read This Text.
I spent last summer in Berlin as a visiting research fellow at Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) (documented here and here). They now asked me to contribute to their annual report with a short account of my experiences. The challenge: It would have to include the following words: Sachertorte, fellowship, hiig, berlin, paradigmshift, currywurst, #Aufschrei, Wanderlust. This is what I submitted.
Julian’s Databyte #2: Das österreichische Parteienspektrum, Ideas for Journalism Developers, a Horse. And more.
Recently, I started with a new series: Julian Databyte. This is the second edition of this occasionally published compilation of eight links from the world of data culture and beyond. Read more about the Databyte.
Here we go:
- Five project ideas for news technology: Friedrich, currently Knight-Mozilla-Fellow at Spiegel Online, has collected ideas that would make the life of data journalists much easier.
- The Geojournalism Handbook hosts a number of tutorials tailored for topics dealing with environmental data.
I am starting with a new series here: Julian’s Databyte. An occasionally published compilation of eight bits (= 1 byte) of information: Links, news and reviews from open data, data journalism, digital media, politics, internet research. And: entertainment. Every Databyte will also feature pieces that are worth consuming when you look for distraction.
The Databyte is in English and German, depending on the source that it links to. I launch this series because Facebook and Twitter make it so difficult to retrieve content that you have shared a while ago. Databyte is also a tribute to the beginning of blogging, when people logged their tours on the web.
Here we go:
- Save the date: The OKFestival 2014, the biggest gathering of the open knowledge community, will take place on 15-18 July in Berlin. It is also going to be the 10th birthday of the Open Knowledge Foundation.
- My friend Peter Kraker is one of the new Panton Fellows. The fellowships, that are coordinated by the Open Knowledge Foundation, focus on Open Data in Science. Peter will work on Altmetrics and Community Engagement.
When scientists and practitioners try to explain matters about data, they very often refer to metaphors from the physical world. Most of the terms have been established long before the digital era, they come from commerce (“data storage”, “data retrieval”, “data mining” or “data harvesting”) and nature (“data explosion”, “data is the new oil”, “Datenberg” (in German)). Han-Teng likes to speak of “data massage”. He uses the term to describe the manual effort of getting raw data (!) into the right shape before it can be further processed.
The terminology of data is full of metaphors. And – as it lies in the nature of metaphors – they are never never precise, because the words are taken out of context, they stem from another sphere of meaning and should explain entities that are difficult to understand otherwise. For instance, the “new oil” comparison is inadequate because data is (usually) not a finite resource.
Recently, Tarleton Gillespie wrote an excellent article on “the relevance of algorithms” [PDF]. I presented a summary of his paper at the weekly journal club at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (as you probably know, I am currently a fellow at the institute). For the journal club we are not supposed to discuss our own’s work but to present one interesting publication by other researchers. Below are the slides that summarize the talk and also Tarleton’s paper.
I am happy that the BarCamo Alpbach website is now online and the registration is open. Jürgen is responsible for the logo and the design. If you happen to be in the area in at the time or you haven’t made any summer plans, think about spending a few days in one of the most beautiful and active villages of the Alps.