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.

University of Miami
Newman Alumni Center,
6200 San Amaro Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33146

September 14-16, 2017

Keynote Speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Alberto Cairo

Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication at the University of Miami (UM), where he teaches courses on data visualization and infographics. He is also the director of the visualization program at UM's Center for Computational Science, and a consultant for companies like Google and Microsoft. He is the author of 'The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization' (2012) and 'The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication' (2016).

Mona Chalabi

Mona Chalabi is data editor at Guardian US. She previously worked at FiveThirtyEight, the Bank of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Transparency International and the International Organisation for Migration.

Rumman Chowdhury

Rumman's passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She currently leads Accenture's Global Strategic team in it's Responsible/Ethical AI initiatives. Rumman also serves on the Board of Directors for multiple AI startups in Silicon Valley. She comes from a quantitative social science background and holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT, a Masters in Quantitative Methods of the Social Sciences from Columbia University, and a Political Science PhD from the University of California at San Diego.  
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Paolo Ciuccarelli

Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Head of the BSc and MSc in Communication Design, Paolo is member of the Design PhD board at Politecnico and co-editor of the journal “Big Data and Society” (SAGE publications). Founder and scientific director of DensityDesign Research Lab, he is member of the Steering Committee of the »Reassembling the Republic of Letters« COST Action where he leads the Working Group on Communication and Data Visualization.

Dan Cohen

Dan is the founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America, which is bringing together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and making them freely available to the world. He is the co-author of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web, author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith, and co-editor of Hacking the Academy.

Athena Hadjixenofontos

Athena Hadjixenofontos is the Director of Engagement at the Center for Computational Science of the University of Miami. She is plugged in on most things data science in the 11 Schools and Colleges of the UM, local nonprofits, local government and the private sector. She spends considerable amounts of time creating data science trainings and programs, and wants to introduce everyone to Pegasus, UM’s high-performance computing cluster. Athena had a PhD in Human Genetics and Genomics, and continues her research in understanding the genetic architecture of multifactorial diseases, an essential step in fulfilling on the promise of personalized medicine.

Dan Gillmor

Dan Gillmor is a professor at Arizona State University. From 1994-2005 he was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s newspaper. He is the author of the books ‘We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People,’ and ‘Mediactive.’ He’s currently working on a new book and web project, tentatively entitled ‘Permission Taken,’ about the increasing control that companies and governments are exerting over the way we use technology and communicate, and how we can take back some of that control.

Lena Groeger

Lena Groeger is an investigative journalist and developer at ProPublica, where she makes interactive graphics and other data-driven projects.

Mahsa Mirzargar

Mahsa Mirzargar is an assistant professor at the Computer Science department at the University of Miami. She has extensive experience in scientific visualization, data science and multidimensional signal processing.
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Paige Morgan

Paige Morgan is the Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Miami Libraries. Her research focuses on challenges around data creation and curation for digital humanities, and has been funded by the Council for Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH). Recent projects include “Identifying Early Modern Books” ( which involved assessing the quality of bibliometric data for six journals over a period of approximately 20 years (forthcoming publication in The Archive Journal), participation in the NEH-funded working group, Modeling semantically Enriched Digital Editions of Accounts (MEDEA), and serving as linked data consultant to the Yellow Nineties Online. Her writing can also be found in Romanticism, Romantic Circles:Praxis Series, and DH+Lib.

Safiya Noble

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. She also holds appointments in the Departments of African American Studies, Gender Studies, and Education. Her research on the design and use of applications on the Internet is at the intersection of race, gender, culture, and technology. She is currently working on a monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in search engines like Google (forthcoming, NYU Press). She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, and is the co-editor of two books: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online (Peter Lang, Digital Formations, 2016), and Emotions, Technology & Design (Elsevier, 2015).

Thomas Padilla

Thomas Padilla is Humanities Data Curator at the University of California Santa Barbara. He publishes, presents, and teaches widely on Humanities data, data curation, and data information literacy. He is Principal Investigator of the Institute of Museum and Library Services supported, Always Already Computational: Library Collections as Data. He has previously held Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities, and Digital Preservation positions at Michigan State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and the Library of Congress.


Aron Pilhofer

Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was a senior editor and interim Chief Digital Officer at The Guardian in London. He also has been a reporter and editor at The New York Times, The Center for Public Integrity and Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware. Aron is co-founder of and Hacks & Hackers.

Simon Rogers

Data journalist, writer, speaker. Author of 'Facts are Sacred', published by Faber & Faber and a new range of infographics for children books from Candlewick. Data editor at Google, California. Formerly at Twitter, San Francisco. Created the Guardian Datablog.






Airport: Miami International Airport (MIA) is the closest airport by far. Flights may also be available into the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport but will be a much farther taxi / uber / lyft ride.

Transportation: There is a Metrorail station at MIA, so if you stay at a hotel near a Metrorail station (Brickell, Coconut Grove, University, or Dadeland) it's possible to use public transportation to get your hotel.

The University of Miami is on also on a Metrorail station - the University Metro Station. It takes 20 minutes (give or take) to walk from the University Metrorail Station to the Newman Alumni Center.

It is also easy to use Uber or Lyft to get around Miami; taxis are usually available at hotels, but you should not count on being able to flag one down on the street.

Hotels: There are a large number of hotels in the surrounding area that have negotiated rates with the University of Miami and are a Metrorail/taxi/uber/lyft ride away. You can find the full list of hotels with negotiated rates here.

It's also possible to find AirBnB's in the Coral Gables/Coconut Grove area (though note that these are technically illegal in Miami).

Please feel free to contact the organizers with any questions about logistics!

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