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Information Ecosystems

Season 3: Data Science for Social Justice

The InfoEco project seeks to advance a deeply powerful understanding of where data comes from and how it is used, setting the present moment within a century-long history of information supply and its power-laden consequences. At a moment when societies are in urgent need of guidance to navigate rapidly shifting digital terrain, we are coming together to build a deep understanding of the social and political life of data.

In the 2022-2023 Academic Year, we are proud to present a series of podcasts documenting the Data Science 4 Social Justice (DS4SJ) project here at the University of Pittsburgh. One of Pitt’s goals is to leverage knowledge—through  teaching, research, and community service—for  society’s gain. The dominance of the digital sphere, the upheaval of civic life, and the role of technology in accelerating systemic inequality create an unprecedented opportunity to apply “use-driven data science” for social impact. This year, we will hear from numerous members of this project, from Pitt and beyond, about the ways that data science can facilitate a more equitable society.

Nov 1, 2022

Welcome to the first episode of the third season of the Information Ecosystem podcast, entitled “Filling the Gaps, Disrupting the Norms: An Introduction to DS4SJ.” This series of the podcast will feature seven episodes that detail the Data Science for Social Justice year-long project at the University of Pittsburgh....


May 13, 2022

Today's episode follows a project undertaken by Homewood Youth-Powered and Engaged (HYPE) Media to research and write a comprehensive Wikipedia page for Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh. Stops along the way include discussions about information, power and the Internet; interdisciplinarity in community-engaged...


Apr 29, 2022

A digital humanities librarian, project manager and researcher, philosopher, and law professor walk into a podcast... Hear what happens in today’s episode, which features four members of the Year of Data and Society Steering Committee: Tyrica Terry-Kapral, Liz Monk, Lisa Parker, and Mike Madison. The interviewer is...


Apr 15, 2022

Sustaining digital projects can be challenging. In today’s episode, four Pitt researchers discuss why, and why it’s so important to try.  The interviewees in this episode are Judy L. Cameron, Abhishek Viswanathan, Bridget Keown and Sera Linardi. The interviewer is Briana Wipf. This season of the Information...


Apr 1, 2022

The interviewee in this episode is Marcia Rapchak. The interviewer is Briana Wipf. The conversation for this episode focuses on the ethics surrounding the collection of student data by learning management systems. 

This season of the Information Ecosystems podcast is being produced in affiliation with the Year of Data...