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Microsoft researcher to speak at next Idea Cafe

Friday, April 5, 2013

Nancy Baym

LAWRENCE — The Commons continues its programming for Data & Democracy with an Idea Café, led by Nancy Baym, principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England and former associate professor of communication studies at KU.

The conversation surrounding "Big Data" encourages a certain comfort in the idea that with enough information, we will understand everything. Baym will challenge this notion, specifically as it relates to the study of people, drawing from her experience at Microsoft Research, an interdisciplinary basic research lab that actively seeks to create bridges between big data and ethnographic analysis.   

Baym will introduce the topic “Why Big Data Will Never Be Big Enough To Handle The Social,” after which the room will open for discussion on the topic. The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction.

The event will be at noon April 17. Lunch is provided, but space is limited. RSVP by Tuesday, April 9, to thecommons@ku.edu.