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Kick-off meeting for new ERC project Neworld@a

24 February

The European Research Council recently awarded one of its prestigious Advanced Grants to InsSciDE member Dr. Simone Turchetti of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM - FBMH).

A meeting to launch the project NEWORLD@A will be held 24 February, online and at Manchester University. The project builds on research initiated and collaborations fostered in the InsSciDE project to examine science diplomacy processes that shaped the current system of global data exchange. InsSciDErs Sam Robinson and Matthew Adamson are also participants in the project.

See details about the launch event below.

Scientific Data in Science Diplomacy

Introducing the new ERC project Neworld@a

in collaboration with STAND – the Historical Commission on Science, Technology and Diplomacy

24 February 2022

This one-day meeting is to launch the new project Neworld@a - Negotiating World Research Data: A Science Diplomacy Study (2022-2027) funded by the European Research Council. The project is a cross-continental collaborative scheme aiming to investigate world data exchange systems with the ambition of both reconstructing their historical ancestry and better understanding their geographical unevenness. Please join us to share knowledge, ideas and views about the (science) diplomacy of scientific data!

The meeting will be in a hybrid format and scholars interested can join us either online or in person.

In-person venue: Pentahouse Room, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Please register via Eventbrite for online and in person events: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scientific-data-in-science-diplomacy-tickets-264400156987


10.30-11.20 Simone Turchetti, (University of Manchester), Presentation of Neworld@a followed by Q&A session (convenor: Aya Homei, University of Manchester)

This session will introduce participants to the new project, its content, aims and general outline.

11.20-11.30 Break

11.30-13.30 Session 1 Data in Perspective (convenor: Gordon Barrett, University of Oxford)

Stefania Milan (University of Amsterdam), Data and the Global South
Anna Scaife (University of Manchester), Big Data and Big Science
Bruno Strasser (University of Geneva), How Small is Big Data?

This session will reflect on ongoing research on data from a variety of perspectives drawing on recent work in different disciplines.


14.30-15.50 Session 2 Studying Data through Social Network Analysis (convenor: Lif Lund Jacobsen, Danish National Archive)

Short presentations by Dirk Wintergrun (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), Roberto Lalli (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) and Carringtone Kinyanjui (University of Manchester/Technical University of Kenya)

This session will focus on the project’s quantitative research component, which aims to better understanding the shaping of world data systems through a social network analysis of data centres and their connections.

15.50-16.00 Break

16.00-17.00 Session 2 Neworld@a research projects (convenor: Simone Turchetti)

Short presentations by Gordon Barrett (University of Oxford), Doubravka Olsakova (Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences), Aya Homei (University of Manchester), Sam Robinson (University of Southampton), Lif Lund Jacobsen (Danish National Archive), Matthew Adamson (Corvinus University, Budapest).

This session will offer further details on some of the project’s strands encompassing the historical study of a variety of data-intensive scientific areas: from marine science to population studies and nuclear research.

18 February 2022