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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Week 7: Srishti – W4aW

Day 27

February 19th, 2018

Final edit of proposals (they are signed and submitted). Start designing research enquiry for data collection.


Day 28

February 20th, 2018

Start building a common dictionary of terminology: data collection. Further secondary research and planning for data collection.


Day 29

February 21th, 2018

Self study day


Day 30

February 22th, 2018

Arpita gives us a talk on public history. She has asked us to read us a text beforehand:

Ghosts of future NatioNs, or the uses of the holocaust MuseuM ParadiGM iN iNdia, by Kavita Singh.

She mentions two interesting examples of public history that use a different approach to qualitative data collection:

In the afternoon the discussion around how to visualise data for Sprockler continues, while I meet them one by one to make sure they are heading in the right direction with their data collection plans.


Day 31

February 23th, 2018

Venkat has yet again come for a Masterclass, and provided some valuable insights around how to work with data for analysis. He wanted the students to understand the difference between pattern and probability (they did a simple exercise of collecting dates of birth and putting them in a matrix).

Here are a few quotes, questions and references that I have extracted from his talk:

‘How do I get closer to uncertainty?’

‘How do I avoid bias?’

For your data survey:

Define goal, define audience, define means.

‘Kill all your darlings’ (William Faulkner)

Sampling is a bit of an art

Luck = probability taken personally

Mention to the experiments of Galileo (gravity)

Edward Demning –> Recovery of Japan

Data collection can be for understanding and/or predictions

‘Truth is like sunlight, you can never look at it directly’


In the afternoon, students presented their data collection strategy to the class, and here are a few references worth noting:

plastic cow / PETA

Dictionary of obscure sorrows -, John Koenig – TED talk : Beautiful new words to describe obscure emotions

Chris Jordan – TED talk: Turning powerful stats into art

Week 6: Srishti – W4aW

Day 21

February 12th, 2018

First seminar with jury will take place tomorrow throughout the whole day. We have established the order of presentations (randomly as no-one wanted to be left for last), and they are all preparing for a group presentation that will take place first thing in the morning.

We have started the day listening to a song, It’s A Fire, by Portishead (Dummy), which I wanted to dedicate to them.

Its a fire
These dreams they pass me by
This salvation I desire
Keeps getting me down

Cos we need to
Recognise mistakes
For time and again

So let it be known for what we believe in
I can see no reason for it to fail…. …

Cos this life is a farce
I can’t breathe through this mask
Like a fool
So breathe on, sister breathe on


From this oneself
Testify or tell
Its fooling us now

So let it be known for what we believe in
I can see no reason for it to fail…

Cos this life is a farce
I can’t breathe through this mask
Like a fool
So breathe on, little sister, breathe on
Ohh so breathe on, little sister, like a fool


Sharath has shared an incredible resource with me: Visualising Information for Advocacy. They list down really good resources for DV, and explain what it takes to work with data.


Day 22

February 13th, 2018

Seminar 1 took place.


Day 23, 24, 

February 14th, 15th 2018

Revision and commentary on seminar and progression of proposals for final submission.


Day 25 

February 16th 2018

Discussion about Sprockler, then meeting online with Lisette and Nele (which I didn’t attend to). The Institute closed around midday.

Week 5: Srishti – W4aW

Days 16 – 20

February 5th – 9th, 2018

Proposal draft needs to be submitted to me on Wednesday, so we have been working on defining their briefs and enquiries, by one on one mentoring sessions and group check-ins.