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Life in Data Conference - FREE EVENT

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FREE EVENT - What I Know Is 2:

Data Literacy, Open Data and Knowledge-Building Communities

2-Day International Conference


*Please note that due to a number of recent changes in circumstance, and in a change to previously advertised circumstances, tickets to this event are now free. Spaces are limited, however, so please do go to the registration site to register your attendance*


This conference sets out to reintroduce the original objectives of the RSE Life in Data Research Network in the context of recent international developments, and colleagues from international partner universities will present keynote research on the power of data literacy, the concept of Open, and what this means for various kinds of knowledge-building communities.


*Keynote Speaker*

Dr Martin Poulter (Wikimedian in Residence, University of Oxford)

"Working in a World of Open Data"


Alongside the World Wide Web of sites and documents, there is a growing, global web of data. This web changes the environment in which we create sites and applications. These changes offer great opportunities to join up research, curation, and education. The rewards are not just ease of access, but sustainability for existing knowledge and a more active role for the public. To make the best use of these changes, we need to rethink how institutions manage their knowledge. There also needs to be a hub; a starting-point for the web of data in the same way that Wikipedia is a starting point for the web of documents. This talk is an overview of the changes brought about by the web of open data and the central role played by Wikidata.


Dr Martin Poulter is the Wikimedian In Residence at the University of Oxford. He helps cultural institutions and researchers work with Wikidata, Wikipedia and other open platforms. His PhD is in the philosophy of science.


About the RSE Life in Data Research Network:

The RSE Life in Data Network is a collaborative project funded through generous support by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. We facilitate knowledge exchange amongst Scottish HEIs, SCIs, public and third sector partners, to explore the emergent field of data literacy, openness, education policy and creative data innovation in Scotland.

At its inception in January 2017, the Network set out to meet a number of objectives, chief among these being to map


• how data literacy is currently understood & how understandings can shift depending on context;

• the extent to which data literacy is fostered in the education sector in Scotland, and in the skills development sector for creative industries;

• what it means for local governance, education policy and lifelong learning; and

• what the best ways are to encourage the development of creative and inclusive Scottish data community.


These objectives had both educational and civic ends in mind, sought to address the challenges in a contemporary multi-sectoral work environment, multi-disciplinary approaches to problem-finding and problem-solving in the field of data literacy.


Since setting out these terms we recognise that there are valuable opportunities to both learn from and collaborate with, international partners who have expertise in local and national contexts that pose both similar and radically different challenges for citizens, governments, businesses and institutions to engage with data literacy.


Conference presentation themes include:

Ethics and Politics of Open Data;

Working with Open Data;

Open Learning and Open Energy;

Data Journalism in China;

Practices of Data Journalism in Vietnam; and

Wikis as Knowledge-Building Communities.


Speakers Include:

Darinka del Carmen Ramírez Hernández, (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico);

Ewan McAndrew (Wikimedian In Residence, University of Edinburgh);

Dr Lê Triệu Thanh (Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Communication, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnamese National University);

Ian Watt (Open Data Institute, Aberdeen);

Dr Simon Rowberry (Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Stirling);

Dr Chang Xin (Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, China);

Professor Weiwei Zhang (School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing Normal University, China);

Professor Xi Zhuang (Deputy Director – Department of Journalism, School of Journalism and Communication, Nanjing Normal University, China).


*Please note that due to a number of recent changes in circumstance, we are now in the fortunate position to offer tickets to this event free of charge.*


Conference ticket link:  


Ticket includes lunch and refreshments. For further enquiries, or to notify us of special dietary or access requirements, please contact the Conference Administrator, Lyana Macinnes at:       


For more information about the activities of the Life in Data RSE Research Network, please visit:  


A highlights video for a previous Life in Data Event, KE Workshop#3 Creative Innovation on Scotland: Big Ideas from Small Cities, can be found here:


Earlier Event: September 26
PreWired [Edinburgh]
Later Event: September 27
Startup Grind