Statistical and Data Sciences 237 - Data Ethnography

Data Ethnography

Lindsay Poirier

TU TH 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Smith College
Seelye 106
This course introduces the theory and practice of data ethnography, demonstrating how qualitative data collection and analysis can be used to study data settings and artifacts. Students will learn techniques in field-note writing, participant observation, in-depth interviewing, documentary analysis and archival research and how they may be used to contextualize the cultural underpinnings of datasets. Students will learn how to visualize datasets in ways that foreground their sociopolitical provenance in R. Students will also learn how ethnographic methods can be leveraged to improve data documentation and communication. The course will introduce debates regarding the politics of technoscientific fieldwork. Recommended prerequisite: SDS 192. Enrollment limited to 40.
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.