Francisca will present at workshop ‘Put to the Test: Critical Evaluations of Testing’, London, 10-11 December

The event will take place in London, and is organised by Noortje Marres and David Stark of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick. More information about the workshop and registration can be found here. The workshop brings together scholars from across science & technology studies (STS), sociology and related fields to discuss new[…]

Evelyn Ruppert publishes essay with Dawid Górny on

Evelyn Ruppert and Digital Interaction Designer Dawid Górny recently published an essay on the platform, ‘Reflections on a collaboration: How do we know who we are?‘ is a 4-part essay and series of visualisations about how they collaborated to design an interactive installation to visualise Europe as part of the ‘Who are We?’ programme curated by[…]

Ville Takala PhD awarded: A neoliberalisation of social data? Big Data and the future of official statistics

This past summer Ville Takala successfully passed his PhD viva.  His dissertation, ‘A neoliberalisation of social data? Big Data and the future of official statistics’, explores responses to Big Data within National Statistical Institutes (NSIs). He suggests that Big Data signals not just an increasing privatisation of data production and related infrastructures, but also an increasing[…]

Evelyn, Baki and Francisca publish a chapter in ‘Ethnography for a Data-Saturated World’

The book brings together ethnographic work about, and in collaboration with, data scientists in different domains. Our chapter ‘Data Scientists: A new faction of the transnational field of statistics’ is about the emergence of the ‘iStatistician’ through a politics of method. The book is published by Manchester University Press, and edited by Hannah Knox and[…]

Evelyn addresses the 104th European Director Generals of Statistics Conference

Evelyn is an invited speaker at the 104th European Director Generals of Statistics Conference (DGINs) Conference, this year hosted by the National Institute of Statistics, Romania from 10-11 October 2018. Her presentation, Different Data Futures: An Experiment in Citizen Data, proposed that in a time of ‘alternative facts’, what constitutes legitimate knowledge and expertise are major political[…]

Anna-Lena Hoh successfully defends PhD Thesis at University of Maastricht

Former visiting researcher with ARITHMUS (November 2016) Anna-Lena Hoh, successfully defended her PhD thesis at the University of Maastricht on 26 September.  Her thesis, ‘Counting for EU enlargement? Census-taking in Croatia, Bosnia and Macedonia’, assesses the census processes in these three Western Balkan countries, which are all (or in the case of Croatia were) part of[…]

Evelyn delivers lecture at Statistics Netherlands

On 25 September, Evelyn visited the Statistics Netherlands (CBS) Heerlen office to speak about ARITHMUS and to deliver a lecture on citizen data.  Her lecture discussed an experiment to design a ‘citizen data app’ for co-producing data with citizens at all stages of production of official statistics.

New ARITHMUS working paper on history and method

The ARITHMUS team is happy to announce the release of its third working paper. The paper is titled ‘Regarding the Constants of Nature and of Art’ is freely available for download here. As big data discourses become more dominant in census discussions among European National Statistics Institutes, it is productive to look back at a[…]