New ARITHMUS working paper on ‘citizen data’

The ARITHMUS team is extremely happy to announce the release of its second working paper. The paper is titled ‘Citizen Data and Official Statistics: Background Document to a Collaborative Workshop’ and is freely available for download on our publications page. The paper introduces the notion of ‘citizen data’ as a possible source for (or complementary[…]

Francisca Grommé presents at Wageningen University

On June 29, Francisca gave a talk at the conference ‘The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications’, organised by the Centre for Space and Place at Wageningen University. She discussed the everyday practical and political challenges in making population statistics for Europe’s Overseas Countries and Territories (the OCTs, or countries and regions that have special[…]

Francisca Grommé presents at Statistics Estonia

On November 24 and 25 Francisca delivered two presentations on trust in official statistics, both co-authored with Evelyn Ruppert. On November 24 she spoke about ‘technologies of trust’ at the 28th Conference of the Estonian Statistical Society “Household in surveys and registers”. On November 25 she presented ARITHMUS empirical findings, arguing that attending to the[…]

ARITHMUS participates in November Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month (see Although we do not write novels, we are interested in the writing process and trying out new ways of writing together. Focussing on academic writing, we organised two activities: Baki Cakici organised ‘Sit down and write’ (co-organised with Katherine Robinson, Goldsmiths): weekly two-hour ‘write-ins’ open to everybody.[…]

Francisca Grommé presents on ethnographic method at CWTS, Leiden University

On October 5, 2016, Francisca will discuss conceptual and practical considerations related to doing ethnography in a team. Her presentation is titled ‘Doing a transversal ethnography: How the people make the data (ARITHMUS)’. Among others, she will address the infrastructure supporting and shaping the nature of collaboration, especially software for qualitative data analysis. The talk[…]

Funda Ustek and Francisca Grommé present two papers at the Interpretive Policy Analysis 11th International Conference in Hull

Funda Ustek and Francisca Grommé presented on July 5th in the panel ‘What counts as evidence? Quantification in policy practices’. This panel was organised by Francisca and Thomas Franssen (CWTS, Leiden University). Funda talked about the problem of qualifying the unknown in her presentation ‘ “Give me a guesstimate, how many refugees are there?” The[…]