CIVICA Applied Data Science Seminar Series

Session 1 - Spring 2022

Session 1 - Fall 2022 will take place on Wednesday, 4:00 PM CEST 14 September 2022, on Zoom Meeting

About The Series

The CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series is a forum that brings together interdisciplinary experts working on novel methodological approaches that leverage new forms of data to address complex societal challenges.

Session 1 - Fall 2022 Details

The job of data scientist has been hailed as one of the most exciting emerging roles of the past decade. Who are data scientists and how do you become one? How has data-driven work led to this new role and which skills, dilemmas and achievements are associated with it? What does it mean to do that job, personally, professionally and socially?

Drawing from her recent book, Data Science and Society: A Critical Introduction, with Sabina Leonelli, Prof. Anne Beaulieu will speak on becoming a data scientist and on the skills that data scientists need to put data to work. To address these topics, the questions ‘what is data science’ and ‘what does it mean to do data science’ will be explored. In order to understand what data scientists do, it is important to clarify what is usually understood when using the term data science. Most crucial, however, is to consider what data work involves and to grasp how different aspects of data work influence each other. The ways in which the skills that are needed for data scientists and data workers are taught and learned also matters greatly. They shape how collaboration can take place and affect the power dynamics of teams—concretely shaping whose knowledge is included and as who benefits from data science. The talk will end with a reflection on how data scientists can play key societal roles, in terms of social and epistemic justice, access to services, public deliberation and democratic processes.

Seminar Speaker

Prof. Anne Beaulieu
Prof. Anne Beaulieu

Prof. Anne Beaulieu holds the Aletta Jacobs Chair of Knowledge Infrastructures at Campus Fryslân. She is also director of the Data Research Centre at the University of Groningen. Her work focuses on complexity and transition in knowledge infrastructures. She is currently developing novel approaches to interfaces, data collection and use of data for policy that focus on co-creation. She is co-author of Data and Society: A Critical Introduction, of Smart Grids from a Global Perspective (Springer), and of Virtual Knowledge: Experimenting in the Humanities and Social Sciences (MIT Press) and of numerous articles that address the use of digital technologies for research, collaboration and intervention.


Prof. Ken Benoit

Welcome Introduction Prof. Ken Benoit, LSE

Setting the scene: Brief intro to the speaker and her talk

Prof. Anne Beaulieu

Seminar Session Prof. Anne Beaulieu, University of Groningen

Becoming a data scientist: what it means to put data to work

Research Discussion. Lead Institution

Q&A / Discussion on the research


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