STEM and the Imagination: Public Lecture Series Part 2
Part two of a STEM lecture series hosted by Adelphi University’s interdisciplinary collaborative Manhattan institute.
NYC Open School Data: Issues of Transparency, Equity, and Data Governance
In 2012, New York City enacted an “open data law”, essentially legislating that city agencies must publish all electronic data collected that is not private or proprietary. This presentation discusses challenges and opportunities for researchers and educators working with open municipal school data, interrogating claims that open access education data will foster innovation, improve transparency and accountability, and lead to more responsive and democratic leadership. We discuss links between data science, endemic racism and control societies, following in the footsteps of Cathy O’Neill’s Weapons of Math Destruction. Examples of innovative data visualization are examined, while exposing how ‘open’ school data has been filtered and processed before being made public, offering critical insight into education data governance, and governance through data. Theories of algorithmic control, datafication, and computational ethics will frame the talk.
Dr. Matthew X. Curinga is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Adelphi University. He studies the political implications of software design with a recent focus on the tools and pedagogies that might make learning computer science an essential critical literacy.
Dr. Antonios Saravanos is a Clinical Associate Professor of Information Systems Management and coordinator of the B.S. in Applied Data Analytics and Visualization at NYU. An expert in human cognition and HCI, his research considers “good tech” and the user experience of software designed for explicit positive social benefits.