Summer 2018

This summer has so loaded with great events and activities, it’s been hard to keep track. Here’s an overview of some of my academic summer’s highlights.

Data visualization in society seminar

I’m really thrilled to be writing a chapter together with Daniela van Geenen for Helen Kennedy and Martin Engebretsen’s book project Data visualization in Society. Part of the project was a great seminar at the University of Agder’s study centre Metochi on Lesbos. This was a great way to get feedback on one’s work, and to streamline the book in its entirety. I feel this is going to be a really great book for practitioners, students and academics.

Gephi Field Notes plugin, developments and talk at KCL

Another thing I’m quite passionate about is the development of the Gephi Field Notes plugin. Together with the Digital Humanities Lab and the Gephi developers we’re trying to finetune the plugin. Moreover, we got to give a talk at King’s College London about the plugin. Really great to be meeting so many people who – like we – are really exicted about this project.

Arduino Workshop at the Datafied Society

Karin van Es organized an Arduino Workshop by Creative Coding Utrecht at the Datafied Society, and it was absolutely great. It was so much fun to solder again, and to tweak with the little wires, LEDs and resistors. Going to be doing a lot more if this I hope. In any case, we want to develop some Arduino setups for our students to use for data gathering on data walks.

Doing research

Of course, summers are mainly for research. Thus, I’ve been doing a *lot* of writing these past weeks. See also my Research projects to get an idea of what I’m currently working on. Spoiler: it’s a lot.

Meeting my new colleagues

With so many great things going on, you’d almost forget that I’m starting my Ph.D. project in September! I was really happy to meet my new colleagues during a Ph.D. meetup at the end of June. We got to do some fun activities and get to know one another (and the city) a little better.

Upcoming UDS Summer School

Before starting my Ph.D. I have the pleasure to teach in the Utrecht Data School Summer School. We’re really excited that we’re opening up the summer school to external students as well, and we’re really happy with the turnout. I’m looking forward to teaching a lot of (future) students a crash course in digital methods.