Purdue Digital Storytelling Network Launched, partners with Google News Lab University

Today I launch a new teaching and research initiative which will empower Purdue students aspiring to embrace careers in big data, social media analytics, or communication. The initiative starts with a partnership with Google News Lab University. The partnership, which includes other 40 universities,

will provide resources and support to the top universities around the world in exchange for feedback and input to help guide the future of curriculum and training at the Google News Lab more broadly.The News Lab University Network will provide resources and support to the top universities around the world in exchange for feedback and input to help guide the future of curriculum and training by the Google News Lab more broadly.

Through this network, we hope to foster discussion with educators and offer them an opportunity to review News Lab curriculum and training materials to ensure that it adheres to the right level of pedagogy for journalists and students. We also want to celebrate and promote academic journalism projects that use Google tools.

In addition to the Google News Lab partnership, the Purdue Data Storytelling Network initiative will also catalyze new research and learning partnerships. It will achieve this by:

  1. Sharing training and sharing teaching materials related to big data across the curriculum
  2. Enabling professional discovery and matching of interest for future collaborative teaching and research endeavors
  3. Creating and leveraging partnerships with major social media organizations.
  4. Identifying grant opportunities, team building and  writing support
  5. Providing data and research tool sharing.  
  6. Generating a hotbed of creativity that will stimulate new, cutting edge explanatory models for big data which may lead to a new mode of “data storytelling”

Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social integration. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Ethical Reasoning in Big Data. He also co-edited Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , both the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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