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What Happens When Google Turns Artists Loose On Its Search Data

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What Happens When Google Turns Artists Loose On Its Search Data

Google News Lab is inviting artists and designers to dig into its massive trove of data about what the world Googles.  Data journalists work at the crossroads of reportage and visual creativity. They tell stories by shaping information like journalists do, but they communicate through visceral and compelling visuals. The same can be said of data artists, who emphasize the illustrative qualities of visualization over facts and numbers—but who communicate stories in much the same way. As the data journalist Alberto Cairo, who is partnering with Google News Lab on a new artist-focused initiative, puts it: “The people we are collaborating with have this dual approach. Some call themselves artists, but their approach is journalistic in the sense that they don’t try primarily to produce art as a vehicle for self-expression, but as a means to communicate ideas.” Since 2015, Google News Lab has worked to make the company’s huge trove of Search data accessible to newsrooms. Most of the lab’s previous projects—such as the annual Year In Search that digs back through the year’s headline news, or initiatives to train journalists to incorporate data into their stories–introduce tools that make it easier to use data in news reporting. As Google News Lab data editor Simon Rogers points out, Google has access not only to a giant swath of data—but also to data that represents what people are really interested in, honestly and without agenda. Google doesn’t get its numbers by polling people or prompting them in any way; it simply pulls them from what people naturally search for.  “It takes you beyond the echo chamber of social media into what the world really thinks and cares about,” says Rogers. Rogers and his team wondered what would happen if they handed over access to that data to designers and artists instead—and gave them total freedom to choose not only what to visualize, but how. In collaboration with Cairo, they turned to a different group of professionals to parse Google’s Search information: data artists. Their Data Visualization Project, which began in December, aims to explore new ways of visualizing data through experimentation with artists and designers. The only requirements the project imposes on participants are that the work should push data journalism forward, and it should be mobile-friendly.       Read the rest of the story...

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Disaster Relief Mapathon at UM Libraries 9/29/17

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Disaster Relief Mapathon at UM Libraries 9/29/17

Disaster Relief Mapathon at UM Libraries   The University of Miami Libraries are looking at the experience of our neighbors in Puerto Rico and Mexico and are seeking appropriate ways to reach out to them and help in any way possible. Along with Columbia University, Rutgers University, Boston University, and Trinity College, UML will host an event using the OpenStreetMap platform to help provide the Red Cross and other emergency first responders with data needed for disaster response in Puerto Rico and Mexico. This event is organized by Paige Morgan from the UM Libraries Digital Scholarship Group in collaboration with Alex Gil at Columbia University. September 29, 2017 | 2-5 p.m. Information Literacy Lab Otto G. Richter Library, 3rd floor | University of Miami 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, 33146 This event is free and open to the public. Lite refreshments will be provided. RSVP to p.morgan@miami.edu   How You Can Help Contribute your time to open-source mapping and help trace buildings and missing roads to support relief organizations in damage assessment and needs for support. These very basic tasks are easy to learn and training will be provided at the beginning of the event. What You Need to Know No mapping experience or knowledge of local geography is necessary. Limited laptops will be available so please bring your own device if possible.  Save time by creating a free account on OpenStreetMap prior to the event:  https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new.  While it's not required that you stay for the full length of the event, we suggest that you contribute at least one hour of your time. Learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team   Copyright © 2017 University of Miami Libraries, All rights reserved. Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this...

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Application Deadline for 2017-2018 CCS Fellows Program extended to 10/12/17

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Application Deadline for 2017-2018 CCS Fellows Program extended to 10/12/17

CCS Fellows Program 2017-2018 PLEASE NOTE: Owing to Hurricane Irma, the application  deadline has been extended to Thursday, October 12, 2017.    Collaborate, Grow, Stand Out The vision of the CCS Fellows Program is to inspire a new generation of leaders in computational science to cross the traditional boundaries between disciplines, by equipping them with new cross-disciplinary skills and experience. The Program does this by offering mentorship outside the students’ area of expertise.  This is a prestigious designation awarded to selected students. It is offered to two undergraduate students and two graduate students per year. Students from any of UM’s Schools and Colleges may apply. CCS Fellows develop their computational skills and expand their research experience under the guidance of two mentors. Both mentors are faculty members: The first is the student’s research adviser, and the second is identified by the CCS Fellows program and provides the computational research expertise. All Fellows have the opportunity to use CCS’s Advanced Computing facilities for their research, and to work closely with CCS faculty and staff. No stipend is offered, but there is a cash prize at the end. For the 2017-2018 cycle, the application and selection process will take place in the Fall semester. Competitive applicants have some experience in a computational setting, and are able to outline a cross-disciplinary project that they would like to pursue. The project details do not need to be clearly defined at the time of application, however, the disciplines that would come together in the project should be clearly stated.   Application Process, Materials, and Timeline Applicants are required to submit a completed Application Form, accompanied by: a transcript a CV, and in the case of graduate students, a support letter from their academic mentor. Applications for 2017-2018 opened on September 5, 2017.  The Steering Committee will meet within one week of the closing of applications to choose the CCS Fellows.  There will be two reminders before the deadline. The announcement will be emailed to offices of Undergraduate Research, Graduate Office (UM, Med Sch, RSMAS, CoE, CAS), and to student groups at CoE, CAS, Med School, and RSMAS. Media Relations will help publicize it internally (E-Veritas, etc.), and via student media. Submit a completed application with all supporting documents via email to ccsengagement@miami.edu.  Click here for Program Guidelines. PLEASE NOTE: Owing to Hurricane Irma, the deadline for applications has been extended to Thursday, October 12, 2017.    Selection Criteria Student must have computational skills sufficient to get started on the proposed The proposed project integrates ideas from more than two disciplines, one of which must be new to the student. Graduate students should have a well-formulated, achievable research question that is in line with their academic mentor’s letter of support. Graduate students need a support letter from their academic advisor or PI. Application must be complete, and must be well written, well organized, and thoroughly thought out. Previous research experience is not requisite, but is an advantage. Student must be in good standing with the...

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CANCELLED: Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium 9/14-16/17

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CANCELLED:  Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium 9/14-16/17

The 2nd annual Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium has been CANCELLED due to Hurricane Irma. At this time, the DH+DJ Committee is looking at other dates in 2018 or 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled event. Please stay tuned to our website for more information. Once new dates have been scheduled, we will notify you. All Registrants will receive a full refund.  Refunds are already being processed. For further information, call 305-243-4962.      ...

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CANCELLED: CCS Social Systems Informatics Flash Talks Friday 9/8/17

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CANCELLED:  CCS Social Systems Informatics Flash Talks Friday 9/8/17

We regret to announce that the CCS Social Systems Informatics Meeting #2 (FLASH TALKS & Happy Hour) on Friday, September 8, has to be cancelled due to the approach of Hurricane Irma. We hope you all stay safe, and we look forward to rescheduling this event at a later date. -Daniel Messinger -Athena...

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BD2K-LINCS Data Science Symposium 1/31-2/2/18

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BD2K-LINCS Data Science Symposium 1/31-2/2/18

BD2K-LINCS Data Science Symposium | Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2018 | Miami, FL Studying Systems Biology by Cellular Perturbations The BD2K-LINCS Data Coordination and Integration Center (DCIC) and the University of Miami present the third annual BD2K-LINCS Data Science Symposium (DSS 2018) on January 31 - February 2, 2018. This annual symposium brings together experts in systems biology, data science, drug discovery and translational medicine from academia, industry and government to present their latest research and exchange new ideas and approaches in data driven biomedical research. The general theme of the symposium is the study of complex biological systems using large-scale cellular perturbation profiling and applications in drug development, translational biomedicine and environmental health. Talks will address a range of issues related to leveraging Big Data in translational research including integration, visualization, access, sharing, and reuse of data, software tools and the emerging NIH Big Data ecosystem. The program also provides a survey of data science research pertaining to the BD2K (Big Data to Knowledge) and LINCS (Library of Integrated Network-Based Cellular Signatures) consortia. The Symposium is organized by the BD2K-LINCS DCIC, the U54 center is jointly funded by NIH BD2K and LINCS programs (U54HL127624) and with support from the Center for Computational Science and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The objective of the DCIC is to apply state of the art data science principles and methods in stewarding, integrating and analyzing data generated by the LINCS project and related resources. Key Dates Poster Abstract Deadline: December 15, 2017 Hotel Reservation Cut-off: December 20, 2017 Registration Deadline: January 10, 2018 Data Science Hackathon: January 31, 2018 Data Science Symposium: February 1 - 2, 2018 Registration The event is free but pre-registration is required. Registration Main Page | Participant Registration | Submit Poster Abstract | Abstract and Poster Guidelines Hotels and Travel The BD2K-LINCS DCIC has reserved a room block at the Atton Brickell Miami for the Hackathon and Data Science Symposium 2018 registrants at discounted rates. Click here for details including information about other hotels in the area. Event Calendar Locations Data Science Hackathon (January 31) Atton Brickell Miami, Meeting Room: Optimism 500 SW 1 AVE, Miami, Fl, 33129 Data Science Symposium 2018 (February 1 - 2) University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Lois Pope Life Center Auditorium 1095 NW 14th Terrace, Miami, Fl, 33136 Contact Dusica Vidovic PhD | University of Miami Project Manager, Lead Scientist Center Coordinator Email: dvidovic {at} miami.edu Funding This symposium is funded by grant U54HL127624 awarded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute through funds provided by the trans-NIH LINCS Program and the trans-NIH BD2K initiative, and by resources from the University of Miami.  ...

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2017 DH+DJ Symposium canceled owing to Hurricane Irma

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2017 DH+DJ Symposium canceled owing to Hurricane Irma

The DH+DJ Symposium canceled owing to Hurricane Irma.   At present, the next one won't be held until 2018.  Please stay tuned for more details . . .   Digital Humanists and Data Journalists face common challenges, opportunities, and goals, such as how to communicate effectively with the public. They use similar software tools, programming languages, and techniques, and they can learn from each other. Join us for lectures and tutorials about shared data types, visualization methods, and data communication—including text visualization, network diagrams, maps, databases, and data wrangling. In addition to the scheduled content, there will be opportunities for casual conversation and networking.   CANCELLED: September 14-16, 2017  University of Miami, Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.   Day 1 Panels The Disruptive Power of Artificial Intelligence and Business | Moderator:  Joseph Johnson Implementation of Big Data and Analytics in Your Organization | Moderator:  Pete Martinez   $99.00 USD   Refund Policy All registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted by close of business Monday, August 14, 2017.  To cancel an order and request a refund, send an email to  ccsadministration@miami.edu providing the following information:  (1) Purchaser’s name, email address, and contact number;  (2) Event name;  (3) Refund amount.   Privacy Statement Your privacy is very important to us. Simply stated, our policy is to collect no personally identifiable information about you when you visit our website unless you actively choose to make such information available to us.  Click here for full details of UM's Privacy Statement and how we collect, use and/or share information gathered by our websites.   For more information on the DH+DJ Symposium, email dhdj.info@miami.edu.  ...

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CCS Data Scholars Teaches the Next Generation of Female Coders

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CCS Data Scholars Teaches the Next Generation of Female Coders

What did you do during the summers when you were a teenager? Did you play video games? Did you spend your time at the pool or beach? Or perhaps you favored the park? For 17 local girls, this summer has been all about learning computer science. Most of these future coders are in high school, though some are younger. And about half of them are in foster care. It was a sunny Thursday morning in July when they got to show off all they had learned in the six-week college readiness 'camp', four of which were focused on data and computational science. Click to hear Ashley Adirika's comments "This camp actually taught me a lot about myself, as well as things I can use for my future, so I think I'm set," said Ashley Adirika, grinning behind her round eyeglasses. Adirika is 12. She had no interest in computers or coding before the camp, but on her last day, she felt empowered standing beside her final data visualization project. She had spent a week collecting data on her interactions and made illustrations based on her observations. This was the first year of the Data Scholars program, hosted by CCS, The Children's Trust, and Educate Tomorrow, a nonprofit that provides mentorship and tutoring for children in the foster care system and underprivileged youth. Athena Hadjixenofontos is the director of engagement for CCS and she came up with the idea for the Data Scholars. She says she was motivated by what she's witnessed firsthand in her work:  Data isn't going anywhere. "It is a field that has infused itself with every single discipline," says Hadjixenofontos. But she also noticed that the algorithms used for everything from curating Facebook news feeds to controlling GPS are also being used for facial analysis. And when algorithms aren't coded by certain populations, it becomes an issue of visibility. "If it's trained without faces of black people or Hispanic people or Asian people in that data set, then the algorithm won't learn those faces," she said. In computer language, if an algorithm can't read a face, it can't acknowledge its existence, and it could even mislabel it. This may not seem like an urgent issue, but law enforcement uses facial analysis to identify suspects, so mislabeling could have severe consequences even in the short-term. So Hadjixenofontos set out to start training the next generation of black, brown, and non-white computer scientists and code experts. Throughout the four weeks, the Data Scholars spent time learning how to code, how to visualize data and how to think critically about complicated issues. She said she hopes the students feel empowered to take on the digital future by using some of the skills they learned at Data Scholars. Educate Tomorrow's goal is to open doors for its students, and that includes upward mobility through professional training. But at the heart of it all is mentorship. Devin Floyd, the director of mentoring, says the guidance and support the program provides is vital for kids. "It's just so crucial to have that one person that's going to go anywhere ... they change case managers, foster homes, foster parents, and it's really great that we can get them a mentor because quote-unquote normal individuals have parents that are always there," he said. The...

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Big Data Workshop: “Intro to Hadoop and Spark” at RSMAS 8/11/2017

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Big Data Workshop: “Intro to Hadoop and Spark” at RSMAS 8/11/2017

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE:  Event will be hosted in  MSC 123 Join us for an introductory workshop on Big Data "Intro. to Hadoop and Spark" on Friday, August 11, 2017, from 1:00-4:00 PM at RSMAS, Marine Science Center MSC 123.  The workshop explores the differences between Big Data systems and traditional high-performance computing and will get your hands wet by running some Hadoop and spark jobs using sample data.  This is an excellent opportunity to grow your projects by making use of CCS’ Bigfoot cluster, and will develop skills that are indispensable for industry careers. BRING A LAPTOP. This workshop is free and open to UM Faculty, Staff, and Students.  Refreshments will be provided. This session is full.         Instructor  Zongjun Hu, PhD Lead, Big Data | CCS Advanced Computing        ...

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Notification: Advanced Computing Resources unavailable starting 8/3/17

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Notification: Advanced Computing Resources unavailable starting 8/3/17

Details and updates about CCS migration will be posted on the CCS AC website (http://ccs.miami.edu/ac/migration). Reminder:  CCS resources will be unavailable starting August 3, 2017 at 20:00 for the University of Miami's data center migration at the NAP of the Americas secure downtown facility. All CCS systems and networks will be affected. The migration will occur in phases, and is scheduled to complete in 2 weeks. Details and updates about CCS migration phases will be posted next week on the CCS AC website (http://ccs.miami.edu/ac/migration). Please plan your work accordingly, and thank you for your patience.   CCS AC...

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