Big data digital
humanitarianism
Ryan Burns
University of Washington
@burnsr77
http://burnsr77.github.io
Ryan Burns University of Washington
Big
Data
humanitarianism
new Q‟s about
how technologies
impact our world
Ryan Burns University of Washington
Standby Task Force
Digital Humanitarian Network
Humanity Road
Humanitarian
OpenStreetM...
Ryan Burns University of Washington
“Can Big Data from Cell
Phones Prevent
Conflict?”
Ryan Burns University of Washington
Who is left
out?
Ryan Burns University of Washington
immediacy of
humanitarian
crises
What kinds of knowledge
politics con...
Ryan Burns University of Washington
knowledge politics
how is legitimacy claimed?
how is meaning
constructed?
political ec...
Ryan Burns University of Washington
knowledge politics
data models, design negotiations, digital
spaces
political economy
...
Ryan Burns University of Washington
For humanitarianism, Big Data =
shifted practices,
a new epistemology, and
new social ...
GeoJournal special issue
Ryan Burns University of Washington
“small data”
Limits of crisis data
theorizing space
developme...
Public scholarship and policy work
Ryan Burns University of Washington
UN OCHA-funded
project
conducting
research of “valu...
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Big Data Digital Humanitarianism Lightning Talk

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Big Data and Digital Humanitarianism are becoming intertwined in ways that *necessitate* we as geographers ask new questions. This is a 5-minute lightning talk I gave at the 2014 AAG, as part of the series of Big Data lightning talks organized by Andy Shears, Joe Eckert, and Jim Thatcher.

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  • Big Data Digital Humanitarianism Lightning Talk

    1. 1. Big data digital humanitarianism Ryan Burns University of Washington @burnsr77 http://burnsr77.github.io
    2. 2. Ryan Burns University of Washington Big Data humanitarianism new Q‟s about how technologies impact our world
    3. 3. Ryan Burns University of Washington Standby Task Force Digital Humanitarian Network Humanity Road Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Network
    4. 4. Ryan Burns University of Washington “Can Big Data from Cell Phones Prevent Conflict?”
    5. 5. Ryan Burns University of Washington
    6. 6. Who is left out? Ryan Burns University of Washington immediacy of humanitarian crises What kinds of knowledge politics constitute this space? What has enabled this shift? What about „small‟ data?
    7. 7. Ryan Burns University of Washington knowledge politics how is legitimacy claimed? how is meaning constructed? political economy how is value produced? why is the private sector involved? needs how are needs collected? how are needs represented? When it comes to Big Data in digital humanitarianism…
    8. 8. Ryan Burns University of Washington knowledge politics data models, design negotiations, digital spaces political economy responsibilization philanthro-capitalism neither “public” nor “private” must be „tamed‟ – abstracted, condensed, categorized beyond the „map‟ artifact need s
    9. 9. Ryan Burns University of Washington For humanitarianism, Big Data = shifted practices, a new epistemology, and new social relations Outside my dissertation work…
    10. 10. GeoJournal special issue Ryan Burns University of Washington “small data” Limits of crisis data theorizing space development policy surveillance
    11. 11. Public scholarship and policy work Ryan Burns University of Washington UN OCHA-funded project conducting research of “value” to the community http://burnsr77.github.io/EvaluatingImpact develop an impact evaluation framework communicating to diverse audiences

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