Events

Digital Humanities Seminar: Open Data in the Age of Big Data Capitalism – Arwid Lund

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Arwid Lund, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University will give a talk within the emerging field of Digital Humanities (DH) that is a part of the DH Seminar series hosted by the Digital Humanities Initiative at the Linnaeus University.

  • Date: 6 December 2017
  • Time: 13:00-14:00
  • Location: K1040, Building K, Växjö

Abstract: Open Data in the Age of Big Data Capitalism, Arwid Lund

The digital world has transformed the conditions for discussing freedom within liberalism. Private property more obviously clashes with the freedom of speech (the public sphere), when the costs of mediated and reproduced art, journalism, information and literature nears zero and the exchange of these takes fluid forms, similar to social communication. The concept of “open”, similar but still opposite to “free”, has taken on an accentuated ideological importance in this context, but so have also alternative visions of intellectual commons. This article contains a case study of Open Knowledge Network’s perspective on openness’ relation to private property and capitalism in the informational field. It does so first through an analysis of the network’s understanding of the copyleft principle, and second through an analysis of the organisation’s view on open business models. A theoretical reading of classical political perspectives on the concept of freedom supports the analysis. One result is the identification of a central ideological lacuna in absent discussions of unconditionally opened-up resources that strengthen the accumulation cycle of capital. This logic favours the negative freedom of closed business models in the competition with open ones that could foster more positive notions of freedom, although open business models are generally advocated and commons are mentioned as desirable. In a dominant ideological formation, openness is used to promote its opposite in the economic field. (more…)

Emerging Information Field, iSchools Organisation, and Potential for Linnaeus University

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Michael Seadle, Executive Director of iSchools and the Dean of Faculty of Arts at Humboldt University and Sam Oh, iCaucus Chair-elect and the Head of School of Library & Information Science and Data Science Department at Sungkyunkwan University will be talking about the emerging information field, organisation of iSchools and the potential it has for Linnaeus University and the region.

The core idea is to establish iSchool (information School) at Linnaeus University. An iSchool refers to university-level research and education in the information field (iField) which relies on interdisciplinary approaches to enrich and facilitate generation, transfer and curation of data, information, and knowledge by the widespread use of technology in order to maximize the potential of humans.

The iSchools Organization today involves over 70 prestigious universities from around the world such as: University of California, Berkeley; University College London; University of California, Los Angeles; Cornell University; Carnegie Mellon University; University of British Columbia; University of Hong Kong; Humboldt University of Berlin, to mention a few of those ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. The University of Washington was one of the first iSchools that was instrumental in developing the iSchools movement into what it is today.

More about the iSchools organization can be found at http://ischools.org and related project at Linnaeus University at https://lnu.se/en/research/searchresearch/forskningsprojekt/linnaeus-university-as-a-unique-ischool/

/Tamara Laketic

Invitation and sign up for the 3rd Big Data Conference at Linnaeus University

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Welcome to our 3rd annual Big Data Conference at Linnaeus University.

The conference this year’s host for the conference is Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA). We have invited researchers from our own Centre to present some of the work that has taken place within DISA this past year and Keynote and invited talks from other universities and partners.

When? Friday December 1st 2017 9.30-16.15

Where? Linnaeus University, Building: N, Room: IKEA, Växjö

During the day longer talks with an academic focus will be mixed with poster mingles during meals. We invite everyone that has an interest in Big Data and data intensive applications so please spread the invitation and information about the conference in your networks. Students are welcome to attend too. The presentations during the conference will be held in English.

The conference is free of charge, but if you register and don’t show up you will be charged a fee that covers food etc.

You can now register for the conference by clicking on the registration link below. Register here.

For program and more information see the conference website

Welcome!

The European Big Data Value Forum 2017

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The registration for The European Big Data Value Forum 2017 (EBDFV) is now open!

EBDVF 2017, jointly organised by the European Commission, the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and EDF (European Data Forum), will take place on the 21-23 November in Versailles and it will be a key European event for industry professionals, business developers, researchers, and policy makers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the European data economy and data-driven innovation in Europe.

Since it is a great opportunity for engaging and boosting your business around big data and data driven domains, we would like to invite to register for your participation here.

Registration to the European Big Data Value Forum is FREE.

It would be great if one or a few of the DISA-researchers would be able to participate – contact Diana Unander Nordle if you are interested

You can find further information on the event website: http://www.european-big-data-value-forum.eu/

//Diana