UCL and The Turing


Defining data - a Turing engagement event

14 September 2022, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

The Portico at UCL

What is data? This workshop, supported by the Alan Turing Institute, will explore definitions of data & how this affects use and governance

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students






Rosie Niven


Room 1.02
Malet Place Engineering Building
Malet Place
United Kingdom

Discussions of data, its uses and its implications for society are widespread. But what do we mean when we talk about data? Does information have to have particular qualities to be classified as data and is the way we think about data different to how we use it? And what do these qualities mean for the way we manage, regulate and live with data? In this workshop supported by the Alan Turing Institute, we will be joined by leading researchers representing a range of disciplines and perspectives who will explore the question of how we define data. Our panel will also reflect upon what different definitions, understandings and practices might mean for governance, regulation and use of data.

Further speakers to be confirmed

About the Speakers

Dr Melanie Smallman

at UCL

Dr Smallman is an expert on science communication and policy, especially in the area of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Her research looks at public attitudes to science and technology.

Dr Divij Joshi

at UCL

A lawyer and researcher at UCL, whose research examines the law, politics and governance of platform infrastructures. Dr Joshi was a Mozilla Technology Policy Fellow for 2019/20 when he created the AI Observatory, interrogating government use of automate decision making in India.

Professor Emma Tobin

at UCL

Emma Tobin is Professor of Philosophy of Science at UCL. Her research focuses on the metaphysics of science and the philosophy of science in practice.