Human Data Interaction: Legibility, Agency, Negotiability is a ‘network plus’ funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The network is a consortium of University of Edinburgh, Goldsmiths and Imperial Colleges (London), University of Nottingham, and with the University of Glasgow as its hub. The HDI network runs from July 2018 to September 2021. For more information see here.
Three projects starting up in the Beyond ‘Smart Cities’ theme
As described further in the theme page, we have three projects starting up: More-than-human data interactions in the smart city, Dr. Sara Heitlinger (City University) et al.; Data negotiability in multi-mode communication networks, Dr. Poonam Yadav (U. York) et al., and BREATHE — IoT in the Wild, Dr Katharine Willis (U. Plymouth) et al. The latter has particular relevance to the COVID situation, dealing as it does with creating agency for people with breathing-related health problems in rural communities.
Cut off Date for HDI-funded projects extended
We realise that the current situation will affect project timelines, particularly of new projects just launched, and those of themes we are in the process of launching. Thus we have decided to extend the cut-off date – by which your project has to finish – to 9th June, 2021.
New guidelines for research projects funded under HDI NetworkPlus
There is new advice on ways of working from your own institutions, and UKRI have posted advice already. We recognise that many of you had scheduled to conduct participant research, and that in some cases you will not be able to carry out this work in the current climate. We recognise and accept this, and will support you as best we can towards the completion of your project. Please keep us up to date if you want to conduct alternative activities or adjust timelines.
If you are planning interviews, focus groups design sessions and the like please remember that they will be have to be done virtually in the short term, and that this might have to be a ‘plan B’ if this situation lasts longer than we hope. We do not know how long this is going to go on, but we do not wish your project to be a hostage to fortune.
Future workshops will go virtual until further notice
Our usual method of working with a particular Theme is to stage a workshop, find out what are the important arising issues from the discussion therein, and then launching a call informed by those issues. In the light of the need for physical distancing to prevent further pandemic spread, we will have to change this. Future theme workshops will not be conducted co-presently but will be done virtually. We are still working out the best approach for this. We will endevour that all software specified is usable and multi-platform.