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Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin

 

Room TW3.7.01i

Department of Media and Communications

London School of Economics and Political Science

Houghton Street

London WC2A 2AE UK

 

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 6781

Twitter: @JCPlantin

Email: J.Plantin1@lse.ac.uk

Dr Jean-Christophe Plantin

Assistant Professor

I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Media & Communications. Prior to arriving at the LSE in September 2015, I was Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan (Department of Communication & School of Information), where I worked on the impact of large and heterogeneous datasets (or “big data”) on data infrastructures and interdisciplinary collaborations. In 2012, I defended my PhD in Communication Studies & Information Science at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France, with a dissertation entitled “Online Mapping Practices: Expression, Remediation and Circulation.” I hold MAs from Université Paris 8, France, and European Graduate School, Switzerland. My research has been funded by grants from the European Regional Development Fund, University of Michigan MCubed Program, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

My current research investigates the political and social implications of “data science.” Recent research, workshops and regulation agencies’ reports warned against the invisibility of the supply chain for personal data. Two areas raise specific debates: the nature of the actors involved and their activity concerning extracting, processing and using personal data (such as “data brokers”); the migration of personal data between the different actors involved. The hypothesis of this ongoing research is that the social implications of that opacity, such as data-driven surveillance and discrimination, calls for new modes of visuality to shed light on how data circulate between the different social worlds involved in both producing and using these data.

Prior to this, my postdoctoral research focused on the methodological issues arising from the use of social media data in social science. Researchers have been using large datasets for decades (e.g. in survey research), but there is currently a rising interest in large datasets coming from social media platforms. However, the terms of service of these companies typically conflict with scientific requirements, such as data sharing. Thus, how are these digital platforms reconfiguring the work of researchers and social science infrastructures, which are traditionally based on the reproducibility of scholarship? I investigated these consequences firstly at the infrastructure level, through a study combining interviews of researchers using Twitter data and a participatory observation at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), a research organization specializing in archiving and disseminating social science data. I secondly studied the impact of big data on interdisciplinary research through my involvement in the project “The Science of Data Science” (University of Michigan School of Information), investigating scientific collaborations amongst five interdisciplinary and data-driven projects. Results of this postdoctoral work were published in Digital Humanities Quarterly and IJOC: International Journal Of Communication.

In my doctoral dissertation (Online Mapping Practices: Expression, Remediation and Circulation, defended in 2012, Université de Technologie de Compiègne), I demonstrated how lay publics use web-based mapping applications (exemplified by Google Maps) to participate in socio-technical debates. A key case study concerned the nuclear disaster after the power plant explosions on March 11, 2011, in Fukushima, Japan, in which worried citizens extracted, processed and published nuclear radiation data through maps in a context of general skepticism towards the government. Results of this doctoral work were published in the book Participatory Mapping: New Data, New Cartography in 2014 (Wiley).

Articles

Infrastructure studies meet platform studies in the age of Google and Facebook
Plantin, Jean-Christophe, Lagoze, Carl, Edwards, Paul N. and Sandvig, Christian (2016) Infrastructure studies meet platform studies in the age of Google and Facebook. New Media & Society . ISSN 1461-4448

The politics of mapping platforms: participatory radiation mapping after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2015) The politics of mapping platforms: participatory radiation mapping after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Media, Culture & Society, 37 (6). pp. 904-921. ISSN 0163-4437

The data sprint approach: exploring the field of Digital Humanities through Amazon’s application programming interface
Berry, David M., Borra, Erik, Helmond, Anne, Plantin, Jean-Christophe and Rettberg, Jill Walker (2015) The data sprint approach: exploring the field of Digital Humanities through Amazon’s application programming interface. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 9 (4). ISSN 1938-4122

Should I stay or should I go? Alternative infrastructures in scholarly publishing
Lagoze, Carl, Edwards, Paul, Sandvig, Christian and Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2015) Should I stay or should I go? Alternative infrastructures in scholarly publishing. International Journal of Communication, 9 . ISSN 1932-8036

L’avènement de la carte comme médiation: Généalogie des rencontres entre cartographie et théories de l’information
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2014) L’avènement de la carte comme médiation: Généalogie des rencontres entre cartographie et théories de l’information. Questions de Communication, 25 (1). pp. 309-326. ISSN 1633-5961

Les cartes numériques comme support de remédiation d'une catastrophe nucléaire
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2014) Les cartes numériques comme support de remédiation d'une catastrophe nucléaire. Reseaux, 187 (5). pp. 163-193. ISSN 0751-7971

Les digital humanities: accomplissements et défis pour un agencement post-disciplinaire
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2014) Les digital humanities: accomplissements et défis pour un agencement post-disciplinaire. Les cahiers du numerique, 10 (4). pp. 41-62. ISSN 14693380

Book review: «Raw Data» is an Oxymoron, Lisa Gitelman (dir.), Cambridge, MIT Press, 2013.
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2013) Book review: «Raw Data» is an Oxymoron, Lisa Gitelman (dir.), Cambridge, MIT Press, 2013. Communication & langages, 2013 (177). pp. 155-156. ISSN 0336-1500

Book review: Manuel Castells, Communication et pouvoir
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2013) Book review: Manuel Castells, Communication et pouvoir. Quaderni, Communication, Technologies, Pouvoir, 82 (3). pp. 109-111. ISSN 2105-2956

La cartographie de la radiation après Fukushima: Un cas d'individualisme réflexif sur le Web
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2013) La cartographie de la radiation après Fukushima: Un cas d'individualisme réflexif sur le Web. L'Information géographique, 77 (4). p. 26. ISSN 0020-0093

Qu’y a-t-il à côté d’un graphe de sites web? Analyse de réseaux sociaux et pratiques de synchorisation en ligne
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2013) Qu’y a-t-il à côté d’un graphe de sites web? Analyse de réseaux sociaux et pratiques de synchorisation en ligne. Communication et organisation, 1 (43). pp. 59-70. ISSN 1168-5549

Ouvrir la boîte à outils de la recherche numérique: trois cas de redistribution de méthodes
Plantin, Jean-Christophe and Monnoyer-Smith, Laurence (2013) Ouvrir la boîte à outils de la recherche numérique: trois cas de redistribution de méthodes. TIC & Société, 7 (2).

Données ouvertes et cartographie libre. Autour du cas de Montpellier
Plantin, Jean-Christophe and Valentin, Jérémie (2013) Données ouvertes et cartographie libre. Autour du cas de Montpellier. Les cahiers du numérique, 9 (1). pp. 85-107. ISSN 14693380

Book section

Visualiser les données de bibliothèques: la plateforme Prévu
Darquié, Gaétan, Plantin, Jean-Christophe, Bourgeois, Mehdi and Breuilly, Isabelle (2014) Visualiser les données de bibliothèques: la plateforme Prévu. In: Zreik, Khaldoun, Azemard, Ghislaine, Chaudiron, Stéphane and Darquié, Gaétan, (eds.) Livre post-numérique : historique, mutations et perspectives. CiDE(17). Europia Productions, Paris, France. ISBN 9791090094192

D’une carte à l’autre : le potentiel heuristique de la comparaison entre graphe du web et carte géographique
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2013) D’une carte à l’autre : le potentiel heuristique de la comparaison entre graphe du web et carte géographique. In: Analyser le Web en sciences humaines et sociales. Armand Colin, Paris, France, pp. 228-242.

Monograph

Conference presentations

Pour une analyse critique de l'apport heuristique et méthodologique de la recherche numérique pour les SIC
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2011) Pour une analyse critique de l'apport heuristique et méthodologique de la recherche numérique pour les SIC. In: GIS Participation et Démocratie, 18 October 2011, Paris, France.

Books

Participatory mapping: new data, new cartography
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2014) Participatory mapping: new data, new cartography. Wiley, London, UK. ISBN 9781848216617

Website

Algorithmic accountability in scholarship: what we can learn from #DeleteAcademiaEdu
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2016) Algorithmic accountability in scholarship: what we can learn from #DeleteAcademiaEdu. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (25 Apr 2016) Blog Entry.

Google Maps versus OpenStreetMap : redistribution des cartes sur le Web ?
Plantin, Jean-Christophe (2012) Google Maps versus OpenStreetMap : redistribution des cartes sur le Web ? Inaglobal (28 May 2012) Opinion Piece.

 

 

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