Calendar

History of Data

Tuesday, January 13 (Week 1)

Thursday, January 15

  • Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel”
  • Stephen Fortune, “A Brief History of Databases” (2014)
  • John Durham Peters, “Information: Notes Toward a Critical History,” Journal of Communication Inquiry 12 (1988): 9-23. (e-journal)

Tuesday, January 20 (Week 2)

  • Alex Wright, “Networks and Hierarchies” from Glut: Mastering Information through the Ages (2007) (e-book and Moodle)
  • Daniel Rosenberg, “Data before the Fact” from “Raw Data” is an Oxymoron, ed. Lisa Gitelman (2013)
  • Jorge Luis Borges, “The Aleph”

Thursday, January 22

Data and Power

Tuesday, January 27 (Week 3)

  • Blogging: Group 1 (Readers); Group 2 (N/A); Group 3 (Responders); Group 4 (N/A); Group 5 (Observers)
  • David Lyon, “From Big Brother to the Electronic Panopticon” from The Electronic Eye: The Rise of Surveillance Society (1994)

Thursday, January 29

Tuesday, February 3 (Week 4)

Thursday, February 5

Tuesday, February 10 (Week 5)

Thursday, February 12

  • Discuss Data Critique datasets in class
  • * Data Critique Due on Monday 2/16 *

Big Data and Visualization

Tuesday, February 17 (Week 6)

Thursday, February 19

Tuesday, February 24 (Week 7)

Thursday, February 26

March 3 & 5 (Week 8)

  • Spring Break

Small Data

Tuesday, March 10 (Week 9)

  • Blogging: Group 1 (Readers); Group 2 (N/A); Group 3 (Responders); Group 4 (N/A); Group 5 (Observers)

Thursday, March 12

Tuesday, March 17 (Week 10)

Thursday, March 12

  • Gephi and GraphViz workshops

Data, Art, and Memory

Tuesday, March 26 (Week 11)

Thursday, March 28

Tuesday, March 31 (Week 12)

Thursday, April 2

  • * Quantified Self Assignment Due *

Tuesday, April 7 (Week 13)

  • No Class on April 7 (Easter Break)

Data and Fiction

Thursday, April 9

  • Dave Eggers, The Circle (2013), pages 1-101

Tuesday, April 14 (Week 14)

  • Blogging: Group 5 (Readers); Group 1 (N/A); Group 2 (Responders); Group 3 (N/A); Group 4 (Observers)
  • The Circle, pages 102-205

Thursday, April 16

  • The Circle, pages 206-306
  • Proposal for “data-based” final project due (250 words in which you identify the set of data you wish to work with and imagine what sort of arguments or claims you might wish to make about the data)
  • The Circle collaborative essays (A-K) (L-Z)

Tuesday, April 21 (Week 15)

  • The Circle, pages 307-402

Thursday, April 22

  • The Circle, pages 403-497

Tuesday, April 28 (Week 16)

  • End of Semester Wrap-Up

Thursday, April 30

  • Optional Day

Final Exam Period

  • * Data-Based Project due by May 13 *