Latest From The Lab: Civic Media, Art & Practice Deadline Approaching, New Lab Website, DataBasic Launches

"The questions which one asks oneself begin, at last, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others." 


― James Baldwin



Starting in Fall 2016, the Engagement Lab @ Emerson College will launch an intensive 12-month residential master’s degree program in Civic Media, Art & Practice (CMAP).

CMAP is centered around the production of a creative thesis project that will be situated within the theories and methodologies explored during coursework. Through the lasting connections forged with a wide array of organizational partners encountered during the program, CMAP graduates will be well-positioned to create their own avenues for work across a range of careers -- from leadership roles in innovation offices of municipal governments to creative digital roles at foundations and corporations focused on social responsibility -- implementing technologies and practices for civic engagement.

The deadline to apply for fellowship consideration is March 1st 2016. Learn more here

Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves: 
Engagement Lab @ Emerson College

After more than three months of hard work, we're happy to announce the launch of the Engagement Lab @ Emerson College's brand new website. Our goal for the new website was to make it easier to access information about all of our projects and research on topics such as Civic Media, Data and Art, Digital Literacy, Games for Social Change, and Participation and Engagement. Along with our new look, we've officially changed our name to the Engagement Lab @ Emerson College to better highlight our connection with Emerson's community. 

We'll be updating our site constantly with new information, articles, blogs, newsletters, and videos showcasing our work reimagining civic engagement for a digital culture. We hope you'll visit it to learn more about the Lab's work and mission.

Visit our new website here

Project Launch: DataBasic is a Set of Online Tools Making Data Analysis Fun  


Lab Fellow Catherine D'Ignazio, along with her colleague Rahul Bhargava from MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media, have launched DataBasic, a suite of easy-to-use web tools designed to make statistical and content analysis more accessible to a general, non-technical audience. 

DataBasic was created to help introduce concepts of working with two kinds of discrete data sets: spreadsheets and large text files. “The basic idea here is that these are very introductory tools,” said D’Ignazio, “and all of them are focused around beginning data literacy concepts.”

The project was funded with support from the Knight Foundation Prototype Fund and is available in English and Spanish. 

Explore DataBasic here



Academic-Community Collaboration Mini-Conference Recap via Boston Civic Media


In January 2016, Boston Civic Media gathered 65 researchers and practitioners from over 24 different universities, community organizations, and government agencies in the Boston area to discuss the barriers, opportunities, and affordances of academic-community collaboration. During the 3-hour event we offered a variety of talks and case studies as well as interactive exercises and discussions for problem solving. Click here to read more. . . 
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