Lives of Data Workshop – Report & Recordings

The ‘Lives of Data’ workshop, 05-07 January 2017, brought together a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to reflect upon the historical and emergent conditions of data-driven knowledge production in India and South Asia. The workshop initiated wide-ranging conversations on history of statistics, media and computational cultures, politics and practices of data-driven governance, and Big Data infrastructures and imaginaries.

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Workshop Programme:

A detailed report of the workshop is available on this LINK.

Audio recordings from the workshop are available below:

Day 01 | Friday, 06 January, 2017

Introductory Remarks by Sandeep Mertia, Sarai-CSDS

Download: MP3

Session #2 – Stochastic Life-Worlds 

Chair: Awadhendra Sharan, Sarai-CSDS

Affect and Number in Cricket: Fairness and the Duckworth-Lewis Model
Sivakumar Arumugam, University of Chicago

Download: MP3

Session #3 – Thinking Tech, Doing Data

Chair: Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Centre for the Internet & Society

Making Budget Data Machinable
Gaurav Godhwani, DataKind and CBGA

Download: MP3

Understanding the Journey of Data from the Eyes of a Practitioner
Samayita Ghosh, Outline India

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Collecting Open Data: Tools, Practices, Limitations, Politics
Guneet Narula, DataMeet and Akvo

Download: MP3

Session #4 – Materiality is the Message: Text, Film, Data

Chair: Ravi Vasudevan, Sarai-CSDS

Programming the Intermission: Computation, Labor, Distribution and the Blaze Advertising Network
Karl Mendonca, University of California Santa Clara

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Data Lives of Humanities Text
PP Sneha, Centre for the Internet & Society

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Session #5 – Liminal Data: Between the Field and the Cloud

Chair: Ravi Sundaram, Sarai-CSDS

Experiencing ‘Data’ vs. Data as Experience: An Account of Fieldwork in the Chittagong Hill Tracts
Nasir Uddin, University of Chittagong

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Broken Data
Preeti Mudliar, IIIT Bangalore

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Semi-Digital Lives of Data
Sandeep Mertia, Sarai-CSDS

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Day 02 | Saturday, 07 January, 2017

Session #6 – The Early State of Statistics

Chair: Ravi Sundaram, Sarai-CSDS

Of Mythical Families in Mythical Cities: Small Family Propaganda and the City in India, 1954-77
Aprajita Sarcar, Queen’s University

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Sampling Choice: An Early History of the NSS and National Planning as Visions of Statistical Inclusion
Poornima Paidipaty, Cambridge University

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Session #7 – Thinking Policy, Doing Data

Chair: Reetika Khera, IIT Delhi

New Data Publics: Lessons from National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme
Deepti Bharthur, IT for Change

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Schooling and Literacy: A Critical Reading of Large Surveys in India
M.V. Srinivasan, NCERT

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Session #8 – Government as a Platform  

Chair: Sandeep Mertia, Sarai-CSDS

Making the MIS Sacrosanct: The Coming of Quality Education in Haryana
Aakash Solanki, Independent Researcher

Download: MP3

Deregulation by Code: Datafication of Financial Transactions in Post­-UID India
Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Centre for the Internet & Society

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Concluding Remarks by Ravi Sundaram, Sarai-CSDS

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