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Information Ecosystems: A Sawyer Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh


The Co-Evolution of Data and Method

The project seeks to advance critical 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. Across the humanities and social sciences, methods of knowledge production are being transformed by an extraordinary expansion of digitized information. The same is true outside the university: governments, corporations, and civil society are all grappling with new possibilities, and new risks, shaped by massive data flows and new tools brought to bear on them.

Our year-long seminar—uniting two dozen Pittsburgh-area faculty, graduate students, and practitioners with fourteen leading international scholars who will visit us as guest speakers—sets 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.

Apr 10, 2020

The interviewee in this episode is Dr. Matthew Lincoln. The interviewer is Jane Rohrer. The website for the seminar can be found at https://infoecosystems.pitt.edu. The events are currently on hiatus, but we plan to continue publishing podcasts of the past seminars until they are all posted. We hope to resume the public convenings come Fall 2021.

Our blog can be found at https://medium.com/information-ecosystems, and our Twitter account is @Info_Ecosystems. Dr. Lincoln’s website is https://matthewlincoln.net/. This episode was recorded on February 11, 2020.

The podcast team includes Sarah Reiff Conell, Shack Hackney, Jane Rohrer, Erin O'Rourke, and Briana Wipf, along with support from the organizers and leadership team of this Mellon Sawyer Seminar.

This episode was recorded at the University Center for Teaching and Learning, with special assistance from Max Glider.

This podcast is produced from the community surrounding a 2019-2020 Sawyer Seminar funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at the University of Pittsburgh. Our group seeks to advance critical 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.