Civic data science workshop: bridging the gap between data and society

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 09:00
The Alan Turing Institute

Data science has more capabilities to help us understand the world than ever before, yet data and evidence are becoming less relevant in public discussion. On one hand, governments, non-profit organisations and citizen initiatives collect increasing amounts of raw data and make them available to the public. On the other hand, the public increasingly distrust statistics to such an extent that “post-truth" has been chosen as the word of 2016. In this workshop, we seek ways of bridging this gap.

This workshop will bring together journalists, data science researchers and data publishers to discuss how can we reverse this trend and make data and reporting using data more accessible, trustworthy and relevant for decision making and public discourse. We will cover a range of relevant topics including data wrangling, visualization, data-driven storytelling as well as ethical machine learning.


9:00 – 9:10          Welcome (Tomas Petricek, Alan Turing Institute)

9:10 – 9:50          Data Journalism at The Times and The Bureau Local Challenges (Megan Lucero, Director of The Bureau Local)

9:50 – 10:10       Early Work on AI for Data Analytics (Tim Hobson, James Geddes, The Alan Turing Institute)

10:10 – 10:30     Accounting for Democracy (May Yong, Research Software Engineer, The Alan Turing Institute)

(coffee break)

11:00 – 11:40     Data Science and Data Journalism Projects as BBC (Ransome Mpini, Magda Piatkowska & Jeremy Tarling, BBC)

11:40 – 12:00     Explaining EU funding in the UK - What are the difficulties of analysing the data (Mariana Marasoiu, University of Cambridge; Sarwar Islam, University of Leicester)

12:00 – 12:20     Communicating Complex Data with Model Driven Journalism (Pablo Leon Villagra, University of Edinburgh; Sarwar Islam, University of Leicester)

(lunch break) 

13:20 – 14:00     Digital Data Products and Changing Conversations (Ryan Dunn, Data Science Hub Lead, Department for Work and Pensions)

14:00 – 14:40     Does Campaigning on Social Media Make a Difference? Evidence from candidate use of Twitter during the 2015 and 2017 UK Elections (Jonathan Bright, Oxford Internet Institute)

(coffee break)

15:10 – 17:00     Discussion groups and workshops

Note on tickets

The event is free and open to all interested. As we are keen to bring together different communities with a range of expererience, please choose a ticket type that best captures your current job, role or interests.

The Alan Turing Institute

1st Floor British Library,96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB