Thursday, 12 April 2018

New Demo section launched with an essay on a 20-year look back upon Google critique

‘Aestheticizing Google Critique: A Twenty-Year Retrospective’ is the most recent contribution to the Demos section of Big Data & Society by co-editor Richard Rogers. It is a follow-up to ‘Google and the Politics of Tabs,’ the video screencast documentary on the demise of the online librarian, Rogers made on Google’s 10-year anniversary in 2008. It similarly served as a counterpoint to the company’s own retrospective. This twenty-year look back upon Google critique is an exploration among others of the objects and subjects brought into being by Google according to artists and cultural critics, such as ‘flickering man’, ‘dark web’, ‘filter bubble’ and ‘spammy neighbourhoods’. It also looks ahead, concluding with the observation that now that it is leaving the web, moving onto the streets and beyond, Google is seeking to create new, evocative spaces to (and for) search.

Image credit: Studio Monniker. Published with permission.

For future editions the Demo section editors welcome input and proposals for reflections on projects related to big data, small data, thick data, data markets, dataveillance, data flow, database logics, platform politics, code and coding, access, distributive aesthetics, visualisation critique, cloud governance and so forth.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

2018 Update on BD&S

After three years of operation, we have established a strong foundation, with over 160 articles and commentaries published.  We have also assembled 11 special themes overseen by Guest Editors that cover topics such as ‘the cloud, the crowd and the city’ and ‘practicing, materializing and contesting environmental data.’ We have been accepted into the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), which will benefit our authors by giving our published papers greater discoverability, leading to increased citations. We have calculated our Impact Factor (IF) for 2016 at 1.925 (we are still waiting for Clarivate Analytics’ response to our request to be indexed). And we have migrated to a new platform - Atypon’s Literatum platform - that has improved functionality and navigation possibilities.

We have also merged the Early Career Researcher Forum with the Commentaries section and will be actively soliciting contributions from researchers at different stages of their careers. Guidelines on all types of submissions to the Journal can be found here.

Finally, after a successful beginning to our section on Special Themes we will now be making an annual call for proposals in June of each year. These will be announced on the blog and Twitter. 

Open Access

We are an Open Access journal but our initial three year waiver of article processing charges (APCs) has ended. As of July 2017 original research articles (ORA) accepted after peer review are now subject to an Open Access APC of $800. Authors who do not have funding for Open Access publishing can request a waiver from the publisher, SAGE, once their ORA is accepted after peer review. For all other content (Commentaries, Editorials, Demos) and ORAs commissioned by the Editor as part of Special Themes, the APC will be waived. We look forward to your submissions and continuing to publish critical work on the changing landscape of Big Data and society.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Renewing the Journal Leadership

With the ringing in of the New Year we are happy to announce changes to the Journal as part of our objective to periodically renew its leadership.

Editorial Team and Board

We have renewed the Editorial leadership of the Journal to ensure it remains dynamic. Three new co-editors joined our Editorial Team (ET) in 2017: Agnieszka Leszczynski, Environment Department, The University of Auckland, NZ; Dhiraj Murthy, Department of Journalism and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, US; and Jennifer Gabrys, Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London, UK. Additionally, we have introduced a new position, that of Managing Editor.  Co-editor Matt Zook, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, US has moved into this position and Evelyn Ruppert will continue as Editor.

We are also pleased to announce that Age Poom, Department of Geography, University of Tartu, EE will assume the position of Editorial Assistant. We have also renewed our Editorial Board to ensure that we expand the range of researchers engaged in the Journal. To that end, some existing members are not continuing and we are pleased to welcome a dozen new members. The new list of ET and EB members can be found here.

Thank you

We acknowledge with thanks the contributions of previous members of our Editorial Team: Co-Editors, Adrian Mackenzie and Irina Shklovski; Editorial Assistant Ville Takala; and all the Editorial Board members not continuing with the Journal.  Additionally, the Journal would not be possible and successful without the work of innumerable reviewers. We have learned greatly from their insights and the quality of the Journal attests to their efforts and commitment.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Call for papers on Data Politics in response to commentary by Evelyn Ruppert, Engin Isin and Didier Bigo

Photo: Engin Isin 2017
In their commentary, Ruppert, Isin and Bigo propose an understanding of ‘data politics’ as a field of knowledge and power. They argue that worlds, subjects, and rights are the conditions of possibility of this field and that understanding these conditions is necessary to critically intervene in deployments of data. Towards building a critical scholarship on data politics, BD&S welcomes the submission of original research articles that engage with this framing. Articles will go through the Journal’s  peer review process and if accepted published on the Data Politics special theme page. The call will be open until July 2018.