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Lives of Data Workshop – January 5-7, 2017

The Sarai Programme, CSDS is organising the Lives of Data Workshop on 5th to 7th January, 2017.

The workshop examines the historical and emergent conditions of data-driven knowledge production and circulation in India and South Asia. In the context of the Data Revolution, the workshop links emerging research on the history of statistics, new/old technological forms of inscription, digital infrastructures, and governance after Big Data in India and South Asia.

The workshop brings together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners with backgrounds in history of science, anthropology, media and technology studies, software engineering, data science, economics, and policy-making. It is a space to parse lateral connections and mine new ideas to explore the many lives of data, interrogating stable forms and tracking unexpected pathways.

Limited seats are available to attend the workshop. To register, please fill up this form. [Note: We are sorry that we can no longer accommodate additional participants.]

The schedule for the workshop is listed below. We encourage you to use #LivesOfData to Post or Tweet about the workshop.


Day 01 | 05 January, 2017

4:30 – 5:00 | Introductory Remarks

5:00 – 6:30 | Session #1 – Big Data 1.0

Chair: Ravi Sundaram, Sarai-CSDS

Exploring Histories of Data and Statistics in India
Jahnavi Phalkey, King’s College London

6:30 onward | Reception for the participants

[05 Jan, 10:30AM] UPDATE: Prof. Phalkey will not be able to join us today due to unforeseen circumstances. We will begin the workshop on 6th January, 9:30am.

Day 02 | 06 January, 2017

9:30 – 10:00 | Tea

10:00 – 11:00 |  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

11:00 – 11:15 | Tea

11:15 – 12:45 |  Session #3 – Thinking Tech, Doing Data

Chair: Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Centre for the Internet & Society

Making Budget Data Machinable
Gaurav Godhwani, DataKind and CBGA

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

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

12:45 – 2:00 | Lunch

2:00 – 3:15 | 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

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

3:15 – 3:30 | Tea

3:30 – 5:15 | Session #5 – Liminal Data: Between the Field and the Cloud

Chair: Nayanika Mathur, University of Sussex

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

Broken Data
Preeti Mudliar, IIIT Bangalore

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

Day 03 | 07 January, 2017

9:30 – 10:00 | Tea

10:00 – 11:15 | Session #6 – The Early State of Statistics

Chair: Jahnavi Phalkey, King’s College London

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

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

11:15 – 11:30 | Tea

11:30 – 12:45 | Session #7 – Thinking Policy, Doing Data

Chair: Reetika Khera, IIT Delhi

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

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

12:45 – 2:00 | Lunch

2:00 – 3:45 | 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

The Digital Grain Heap: The Computerization of the PDS in Punjab
Ashveer Singh, Stanford University

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

3:45 – 4:00 | Tea

4:00 – 4:30 | Closing Remarks