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Learning with and about biodiversity data

Learning with and about biodiversity data

Slides for panel on "GDB as a collective learning device to explore climate action" at MozFest, 7th March 2022.

Jonathan Gray

March 07, 2022

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  1. Jonathan Gray / @jwyg / jonathangray.org
    Learning with and about
    biodiversity data
    GDB as a collective learning device to explore climate action

    MozFest, 7th March 2022

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  2. Hello!

    I am Jonathan Gray. 👋

    I am Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Critical
    Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital
    Humanities, King’s College London as well as Research
    Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative at the
    University of Amsterdam and the médialab at Sciences
    Po, Paris. 🌱

    My work explores the role of digital data, digital methods
    and digital infrastructures in the composition of
    collective life. 🧶

    You can find out more about me at jonathangray.org /
    @jwyg. ⛩

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  3. I am co-founder of the Public Data
    Lab, an interdisciplinary network
    exploring what difference the digital
    makes in attending to public

    You can read more about the
    Public Data Lab’s various projects
    and collaborations at
    publicdatalab.org 🎈

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  4. Climate action is about more than emissions

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  7. What can we learn about biodiversity data with

    the Global Data Barometer?

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  8. Global Data Barometer as a collective learning device

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  9. “We need to historicize our data and
    its organization in order to create
    flexible databases that are as rich
    ontologically as the social and natural
    worlds they map, and that might really
    help us gain long-term purchase on
    questions of planetary management.”

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  10. Not just datasets but also
    “data settings”

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  11. “Embrace pluralism … Data feminism insists
    that the most complete knowledge comes
    from synthesizing multiple perspectives, with
    priority given to local, Indigenous, and
    experiential ways of knowing”

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  12. Which kinds of species and
    ecosystems are included in
    biodiversity data?
    🍄 😭

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  13. Red listing as a method…
    … lots of PDF red lists

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  14. Formats for red listing…
    Red list CSVs

    (e.g. Namibia)
    Red list APIs

    (e.g. Denmark)
    Red list apps

    (e.g. Armenia)

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  15. Beyond red lists…

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  18. Data not just as representations,

    but in terms of relations

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  19. Data as part of living knowledge

    infrastructures for attending to life

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  20. Transnational coordination (e.g. red lists)

    as well as engagement with local/indigenous
    communities and knowledge cultures

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  21. What role might data play

    in supporting “arts of noticing”?

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