Research Without Borders Panel To Discuss Big Open Data on December 4th

Please join the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship’s Scholarly Communication Programthe Data Science Institute, and the School of Continuing Education’s Information and Knowledge Strategy Program for “Research Without Borders: Big Open Data”, our second event of the academic year in our Research Without Borders panel discussion series. This event will take place from 2-4pm on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 in Presidential Rooms 2 & 3 on the 3rd Floor of Columbia’s Faculty House (map here.) It is free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

How are large amounts of data managed, made sense of, and made accessible? What are the challenges of working with large open datasets, and how are different academic disciplines making use of them? In this panel discussion, researchers will explore “big open data” from three perspectives: the humanities, journalism, and the social web.

Our panelists:

David Wrisley (@DJWrisley) is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Civilization Sequence Program at the American University of Beirut, and a Medieval Fellow at Fordham University’s Center for Medieval Studies.His research is in medieval comparative literatures and digital humanities. He is interested in the history of translation and rewriting in particular at the fifteenth-century court of Burgundy. He is also interested in Mediterranean polysystems linking post-classical Arabic and medieval European literatures, as well as digital means for archiving and visualizing them. He is working on a project about space, place and time in medieval texts entitled Visualizing Medieval Places. From 2010 to 2014, he was the chairperson of the Department of English.

Jonathan Stray (@jonathanstray) is a journalist and a computer scientist researching on information, global culture, belief, and the future of journalism. He teaches computational journalism at Columbia University, and is currently the lead on the development of the Associated Press and the Knight Foundation Overview Project, an open-source document archive analysis system for investigative journalists. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and Wired.

Alice Marwick (@alicetiara) is an Assistant Professor at Fordham University and an academic affiliate at the Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) at Fordham Law School. Her work investigates online identity and consumer culture through lenses of privacy, surveillance, consumption, and celebrity. Marwick’s current projects involve a study of sexism and misogynistic speech online; a long-term ethnographic research project on youth social media; and a tripartite project on conspicuous consumption involving fashion blogging, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Marwick was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England. Her first book, Status Update: Celebrity and Attention in Web 2.0, is based on a multi-year ethnography of the San Francisco tech industry.

Our moderator:

David Park (@davidchungpark) is Dean of Strategic Initiatives at Columbia University and serves as a senior advisor to the Executive Vice President and Dean of Faculty of the Arts and Sciences. Dr. Park is a member of Columbia University’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering New Media Center, Director of Special Projects at the Applied Statistics Center and Fellow at the Center for the Management of Systemic Risk at Columbia University. Dr. Park is also a founding member of Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab. Dr. Park has co-founded several New York based technology companies.

This event is the second event this academic year in our speaker series Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication. It is co-sponsored by Columbia University Libraries/Information Services’ Scholarly Communication Program and the Data Science InstituteJoin the discussion on Twitter at #rwob and @ScholarlyComm. To watch a live webcast of the event, and for more information about Research Without Borders, visit the Scholarly Communication Program website at


The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) supports the global reach and impact of research produced at Columbia University. Its mission is to explore and raise awareness about new research tools, methods, and support services that are available to Columbia faculty, students, and staff. In pursuit of this mission, the SCP hosts events and workshops, curates news and resources on our Web site, and engages in innovative scholarly communication initiatives on campus and in the wider academic community. The SCP is an initiative of the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, which is part of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

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A version of this press release can be found on the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship website here, and the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services website here.