What counts? Big Data and Official Statistics #SBDStatistics

This second collaboratory, to be held on 3 – 4 February 2014 in London, will bring together social scientists and national statisticians to explore the range of meanings and implications of Big Data for national statistics by attending to the question, ‘what counts?’  While Big Data sources have the potential to introduce efficiency gains in […]

Some initial thoughts on the Genomics Collaboratory

Our first collaboratory brought us together with a diverse group of genomic scientists working in academia, business, foundations and research institutes to discuss practical and conceptual issues about working with big DNA data.  One objective of this collaboratory involved developing, experimenting and trialling an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral method for collaborative discussions across the social and […]

CRESC Annual Conference (London, 4th-6th September)

We have two panels presenting on ‘Socialising Big Data: The in/ vulnerabilities of digital data-objects’ at the CRESC Annual Conference to be held at SOAS, London, next week (4th-6th September).   On Thursday 5th September, papers will include: Evelyn Ruppert, From Probability to Plausibility: In/vulnerable numbers; Ana Gross and Celia Lury, Drawn Numbers: Secrets, Public Statistics and […]

Socialising Big Data: the in/vulnerabilities of digital data-objects – panels at CRESC annual conference

We will be presenting papers, along with others, at two panels on Socialising Big Data at the upcoming CRESC Annual Conference, 3-6 September, SOAS, London. Here is our line-up: From probability to plausibility: in/vulnerable numbers, Evelyn Ruppert Drawn Numbers: Secrets, Public Statistics and Representational Crises, Ana Gross and Celia Lury Big Data and Climate Change Mitigation: […]

Welcome to our collaboration site

Our collaboration aims to undertake various projects to advance the social scientific analysis of  ’big data’ and digital practices. Our motivation is the proliferation of digital data and methods that are innovating new ways of knowing and governing people and things. Yet how these digital practices specifically work and their governing consequences, we suggest, are not […]