An afternoon hack: Enabling data driven scientific computing in the open

4S/EASST Conference BCN-2016


December 13, 2018
Barcelona, Spain

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Computational methods with large datasets are becoming more common across disciplines in academia (including social sciences) and analytic industries, but the sprawling and ambiguous boundaries of "big data" makes it difficult to research. In this track attendants investigate the relationship between theories, instruments, methods and practices in data science research and implementation. How are such practices transforming the processes of knowledge creation and validation, as well as the understanding of empiricism and the scientific method?

Beyond case studies, EASST invites connective explorations of emerging theory, machinery, methods, and practices. Papers may examine data collection instruments, software, inscription devices, packages, algorithms and their interaction in sociotechnical systems used to produce, analyse, share, and validate knowledge. Looking at the way these knowledges are objectified, classified, imagined and contested, the aim is to reflect critically on the maturing practices of quantification and their historical, social, cultural, political, ideological, economical, scientific and ecological impacts.


Charlotte Cabasse

BIDS Alum – BIDS Ethnographer

Charlotte Cabasse-Mazel is now the Executive Director of the  Digital Humanities Center, jointly launched by the University of Lausanne (UniL) and the Polytechnical School of Lausanne (EPFL). 

Charlotte Cabasse-Mazel holds a PhD in Geography and Science and Technologies Studies from the University of Paris-Est, where she studied at the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés (LATTS), at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. She is interested in the ways in which practices and methodologies of data science transform production of knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as  scientific personae and trajectories within the academic institution.

Her PhD research focused on the creation of hybrid communities and the transformation of subjects (both resident/expert) and space, facing risk of natural disasters in the Bay Area of San Francisco. Previously researcher at EPFL, Switzerland, she worked on research projects questioning the definition of “science”, “society”, “future” and “risk”. She also participated to join research-action project with UN Agencies (ISRD, WHO) in Madagascar.

Before going back to graduate school, she was a civil servant in French Embassy in South Africa and an NGO project coordinator for Aide Médicale Internationale (AMI) in Afghanistan and Indonesia. She also worked as a web and freelance journalist, having collaborated with French local and national newspapers.

She received her MA in Cultural Geography from Université de Reims, France; and MA and BA in Information and Communications Sciences from Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France.