[RNLD] Announcement: Linguistics in the pub in London (LIPIL) Tuesday 28th February 2017 – Data sharing, data mining, and research parasites

Lauren Gawne lauren.gawne at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 14:21:14 EST 2017

*Announcement: **Linguistics in the Pub in London (LIPIL)* *Tuesday** 28th
February 2017 – **Data sharing, data mining, and research parasites *

Linguists often build data sets and corpora as part of their research, and
sometimes these collections are the only materials about a particular
language. As in many other data-driven disciplines, ‘hard’ sciences and
social sciences alike, attention is increasingly being paid by linguists to
how these collections are built and shared. The push for data sharing can
have many benefits, but brings with it a new set of challenges and concerns
for researchers, including concerns about 'research parasites’ who are
“people who had nothing to do with the design and execution of the study
but use another group’s data for their own ends, possibly stealing from the
research productivity planned by the data gatherers, or even using the data
to try to disprove what the original investigators had posited”. (Longo &
Drazen 2016). Grinevald & Sinha 2016 also argue that “the conjunction of
dominant concepts of ‘language’ and ‘data’, and the relations between
‘international’ and ‘local’ Endangered Languages Documentation researchers,
generates an ideological construction of unequal competence that operates
to justify unequal North-South exchange relations. [They] document this
claim of unequal and at times abusive North-South exchange with brief,
anonymized case studies. [They] conclude by noting that, in comparison with
other social science disciplines, linguistics seems resistant to reflexive
and self-critical analysis of its ideological dimension; and suggesting
possible ways of raising awareness and generalizing models of good

In this LIPIL discussion we’ll talk about the way open access to data may
be impacting the discipline of Linguistics, and what challenges lie ahead.

*Reading: *
Grinevald, Colette & Chris Sinha. 2016. North-South relations in linguistic
science: Collaboration or colonialism? In Luna Philipovic and Martin Pütz
(eds.) Endangered Languages and Languages in Danger. Amsterdam: John
Benjamins [email Peter if you want a PDF of the chapter]
Longo, Dan L. & Jeffrey M. Drazen. 2016. Data sharing. New England Journal
of Medicine 374:276-277. [https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/EM1xBvSLvlNGUR?domain=nejm.org]

The NSF-funded Data Citation and Attribution in Linguistics website has
lots of information relevant to this topic: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/Rv1YBmtlqnw4FQ?domain=sites.google.com

Date:             Tuesday 28th February
Time:             6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue:          The Marlborough Arms
<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/nbpzB5S8AWJxt4?domain=taylor-walker.co.uk>, 36
Torrington Place, London WC1E 7LY
                     Food and drinks available at the venue
[The MA has meals, and also has a range of beverages inc. tea and coffee]

Contact Lauren Gawne (lg21 at soas.ac.uk) or Peter Austin (pa2 at soas.ac.uk)
with any questions.

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