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Databite No. 65: Catherine D’Ignazio + Mushon Zer-Aviv

The Big Picture


January 14, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Data & Society
36 West 20th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY, 10011

Databites are Data & Society's weekly lunch conversations focused on unresolved questions and timely topics of interest to our community. RSVP required. To request an invitation, please email events at data society dot net.

Catherine D’Ignazio (@kanarinka) and Mushon Zer-Aviv (@mushon) present The Big Picture:

Throughout most of human history, mapping the world was a failure-ridden poetic pursuit — an attempt to visualize that which is just too close to see. Cartographers collected discrete signals and attempted to put them together into “the big picture.” What does the history of picturing the world tell us about the cultural origins of data, its representation, and the myth of big data?

Feminist scholars would say that visualizations privilege the eyes over the body, and critical cartographers would say that maps produce worlds that are intimately bound up with power. If that is so, then what might a feminist, critical ethics of design look like for data visualization? How do we start operationalizing that ethics?

This Databite will be hosted and moderated by Data & Society fellow Mark Latonero.