Excited and grateful to announce my accepted workshop exploring the literacies, tensions and contradictions connected to open data.
This will happen the next 13-17 May at the Networked Learning Conference in Zagreb.
A significant conference to me: I have attended it since 2010 for the participant research community engages in critical debates around the use of technologies in education. It embraces a particular perspective on learning, based on the theoretical underpinnings of The Action Network Theory, Communities of Practice, Activity Theory and Socio-material theory. Therefore, it is a rich context to reflect not only about technological innovation in education, but mainly about the pedagogical and cultural entanglements of learning in the digital era.
I believe this is an excellent context to exchange views over my new focus of interest (which I started to work on since 2015, with my publication on Digital Scholarship.
I will focus on the data literacy challenges both for the researchers (making data readable and usable) and the end users (reading and using data). In the overall context of Open Science as relevant area of policy making, but also as evolving field of research. Open Science is an approach promoted by the European Commission that has been developing internationally for about ten years. In the field of research on NWL, however, the difficulties for opening up research have led to intrinsic, ongoing debates. A subtle aspect of this situation relates the poor appropriation and utilisation of scientific research products in the pedagogical field by potential users (stakeholders in the education and training system).
In the literature, I’m identifying ethical problems, but also professional learning issues connected to the literacies needed to navigate in a world of data. What is data for the researchers? Which is the activity, which are the technological tools needed, which are the tensions and contradictions in the system preventing the researchers to embrace the full power of open data?
I’m just starting to dig into these fields of research, and prepared myself with a presentation analysing the publication of open data by networked researchers (working on a further paper on the issue). My results show that there are very few publications in the area of educational technology.
So there is low engagement with the concept of open data. But why is this happen?
In part, I hope I can discuss these questions with the participants, to reach to an initial answer to this question.
So here is the presentation, with access to the workshop activities and resources!
Some images as a taste of the activity after the workshop: