Raoni Rajão (UFMG, Brazil) and I are organising a sub-theme at next year’s LAEMOS (Latin-American and European Meeting on Organization Studies). The title of our sub-theme is “Performing openess and practicing ‘minga’ in government, education and software development”. For those who are not familiar with the notion of ‘minga’, it is a Latinamerican concept for a collective job done in favour of the community. Hence we are interested in discussing the performance of openness, and ways in which it matters in civic tech contexts in particular.
You may find the call for abstracts here and more information about the conference to be held in Viña del Mar (6-9 April 2016) here. The deadline for abstracts (1000 words) is 10th November 2015. LAEMOS is the premier conference on Latin American and European Organization Studies and supported by EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies). Its purpose is to strengthen the Latin America–Europe scholarly link by encouraging interdisciplinary studies of organizations in Latin American and European societies. The conference takes place every two years.
The 31st EGOS Colloquium took place in Athens from 2nd to 4th of July 2015. I participated in the sub-theme 45: Materiality, Human Agency and Practice which was convened by Eleni Lamprou (ALBA), Nathalie Mitev (King’s College London) and Lucas Introna (Lancaster). The participants included scholars from design research, IS, anthropology, technology studies, gender studies and many more; and covered topics ranging from digital book publishing to 3D printing to fertility treatments. I had the great opportunity to meet a number of scholars whose new work I greatly enjoyed hearing about, in particular Wanda Orlikowski, Susan Scott, Matthew Jones, Séamas Kelly, François-Xavier de Vaujany, Leon Hempel and Roser Pujadas. Overall it was an inspiring track and conversation that demonstrated the width of current research on materiality and practice-based approaches.
I presented a paper entitled: Considering the practicing of sociomaterial research and its enactments. You may find the paper and presentation slides here. → full paper → presentation slides
Over the last two days I participated in the first DATA POWER conference at Sheffield University which featured a great collection tracks, topics and speakers (see here for the programme).The conference took place in the beautiful Cutler’s Hall.
My presentation was entitled: Open government data practices: Producing ‘open publics’ through civic hacking and included some of the first thoughts and insights on my postdoc project. You may find the full presentation here. → presentation slides
From 26th to 29th of May I went to Münster to attend the 23rd European Conference on Information Systems. I presented my paper in the main track of the conference on “Network Society”. The reception was held in the beautiful Schloss Münster.
I had the great opportunity to attend the Citizen Science conference, organised by the EU project Socientize in Brussels on 22nd September. The conference organisers managed to assemble a great variety of citizen science projects and intiatives as well as policy makers. There was an enthusiastic athmosphere about this emerging new field of Digital Science. Read more about it in the White Paper on Citizen Science compiled by Socientize.
I had the great pleasure to participate in the final ENGAGE review yesterday in Brussels. ENGAGE is one of the most sophisticated platforms on open government data and open research data in Europe. Researchers, citizens, civil servants, journalists can work collaboratively on a large selection of data sets making use of advanced visualisation tools and multi-language features. Here is a link to their Website: ENGAGE DATA.