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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.

Mar 19, 2021

The interviewee in this episode is Christopher Phillips. The interviewer is Jane Rohrer. The website for the seminar can be found at https://infoecosystems.pitt.edu where listeners can find more information about our work. Our blog can be found at https://infoeco.hcommons.org/, and our Twitter account is @Info_Ecosystems. Professor Phillips' website is http://christopherjphillips.com. You can find him on twitter at @cjphillips100. This episode was recorded on March 17, 2021.

The podcast team includes Jane Rohrer, Sarah Reiff Conell, Shack Hackney, Erin O'Rourke, and Briana Wipf.

This podcast is produced from the community who participated in 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.