Data Literacies to Build Bridges: Findings of the RSE Life in Data Research Network

Dr Greg Singh, University of Stirling
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 13:00

CRISP/MWO Research Seminar

13.00-14.30, Room 2A13, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling 

Data literacy is an emergent field in Science and Technology Studies. In a world where entire economies, communications infrastructure and media ecosystems are datafied, current  understanding of data literacy’s centrality to everyday life remains variable. Such an environment presents pressing challenges and opportunities for the Arts and Humanities. Life in Data is a Research Network funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, that was set up to examine this emergent field from specifically Arts and Humanities perspectives. The main objectives of the network are to map how data literacy is currently understood, and how understandings can shift depending on context; the extent to which data literacy is fostered in the education sector and in skills provision in Scotland; what this means for local governance, education policy and lifelong learning; and what the best ways are to encourage the development of a creative and inclusive data-literate community. This seminar will outline what we have found in discussions with partner organisations, as well as give an overview of the outcomes of a series of knowledge exchange workshops and other public dissemination events.

Greg Singh is Associate Professor in Media and Communications, and Programme Director of Digital Media in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling, UK. He has published extensively on a wide range of topics, from celebrity, YouTube and lifestyle television, to cinephilia, CGI and videogames. His books include Film After Jung: Post-Jungian Approaches to Film Theory; Feeling Film: Affect and Authenticity in Popular Cinema; and The Death of Web 2.0: Ethics, Connectivity and Recognition in the Twenty-First Century (all Routledge). He is currently working on a short-form monograph on the subject of Black Mirror. Greg is Co-Director of the RSE Life in Data Research Network and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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