On the 1st and 2nd of June, Columbia University hosted a community of journalists, hackers, makers, academics and researchers to explore sensor journalism.
There were two goals for the workshop: We wanted participants to come away with more knowledge and a bigger network, and we asked people to produce or table ideas for sensor journalism projects that the Tow Center can collaborate on, and fund over the next twelve months.
Keynote: Landscape of Historical Practice
Mark Hansen – The Brown Institute for Media Innovation
Keynote: Near Field Possibilities
John Keefe – WNYC & Matt Waite – Drone Journalism Lab
Keynote: The Far Future of Sensors
Julie Steele – The O’Reilly Data Sensing Lab & Strata Rx
Investigative Projects Editor – Thomson Reuters
Air Quality Egg
Balloon Mapping & DIY Spectrometer – The Public Lab
Pierce Crosby & Rachael Johnson
Motion Sensing The Ballet – Columbia Journalism School
Gunshot Localization with Smartphones – Vanderbilt University
InfoAmazonia – Internews’ Earth Journalism Network.
Mapping The Mangroves – iilab
Arlene Ducao & Illias Koen
OpenIR – The DuKode Studio
Informacam – Witness.org
Wading In – NPR
Ethics, Law and Politics Panel – Led By Emily Bell, Director, Tow Center
Where do we need to be cautious, and how do we navigate the challenges?
Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz
Director, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law – The University of Mississippi School of Law
Robert “r0ml” Lefkowitz
CTO at Sharewave & Author at O’Reilly Media
Co-author of Ethics of Big Data & Co-founder of Design+Strategy Forum.
We hosted investigative and data journalists, makers, technologists, researchers, academics and plenty of people from adjacent fields.
Full list of confirmed RSVPs (Google Spreadsheet)
In a field as new as this, there isn’t a lot of literature to read up on, but smart people have produced some interesting background material in adjacent subjects.
Drone Journalism Thesis by Alexandra Gibb – 2013 (pdf)
A comprehensive exploration of drone journalism: its technological evolution, its potential domestic and international applications, and the foreseeable ethical challenges it presents to journalists and audiences.
WNYC’s Cicada Tracker – 2013
WNYC’s RadioLab is asking listeners to help them predict, with the help of DIY sensors, when the cicadas will arrive.
Participatory sensing – 2006
This paper introduces the concept of participatory sensing, employing everyday mobile devices, such as cellular phones, to form interactive, participatory sensor networks. It outlines examples in four areas: urban planning, public health, cultural identity and creative expression, and natural resource management.
Urban sensing: out of the woods – 2008 (Updated with a link to a free PDF)
“Embedded networked sensing, having successfully shifted from the lab to the environment, is primed for a more contentious move to the city to where citizens will likely be the target of data collection. This transition will warrant careful study and touch on issues that go far beyond the scientific realm.” – 2008 seems like so long ago, but this paper, written during the rise of Web 2.0 predicted many movements that are just beginning to emerge.
Pulitzer Hall – The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
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