Data Challenge Youth & Culture

A research project about investigating and raising awareness on gender diversity in the context of the relationship between young people and the libraries

Monday marked the conclusion of the last meeting of the Data Challenge, Youth & Culture project, a research project aimed at raising awareness on gender diversity and the needs of young citizens in the context of the public libraries of the city of Bologna through the implementation of a creative and peer-to-peer process based on the collection and analysis of public data, born out of the collaboration between the Advanced Design Unit - University of Bologna and the Libraries Sector - Municipality of Bologna. Thanks to guests Antonio Ciccarone, Valentina Giuliani, Kim Albrecht and Jeffrey Schnapp we were able to discuss fundamental issues related to new ways of experiencing cultural complexity starting from data visualisation and co-design practices.


10.15 - 10.30 Welcomes by Comune di Bologna

10.30 - 10.45 Welcomes by Advanced Design Unit - Elena Formia, Valentina Gianfrate

10.45 - 11.15 Talk by Comune di Bologna, Settore Biblioteche - Antonio Ciccarone

11.15 - 11.45 La biblioteca umana - Valentina Giuliani 

11.45 - 12.30 Situating #MeTooKim Albrecht, metaLAB (at) Harvard 

12.30 - 13.00 Data Challenge: Presentation and results pt.1 - Margherita Ascari, Simona Colitti 

13.00-14.15 Lunch Break

14.15 - 14.45 Data Challenge: Presentation and results pt.2 - Margherita Ascari, Simona Colitti

14.45 - 15.45 Lectio Magistralis "KNOWLEDGE DESIGN (or what could or should knowledge look like in the 21st century?)" - Jeffrey Schnapp, founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard

Valentina Giuliani

Valentina Giuliani, born in Pisa in 1964, studied German studies in Florence, graduating with a thesis on Rainer Maria Rilke and contemporary poetry. Passionate about writing and travelling, she spent some time in Freiburg i.. B. teaching Italian, then returned to Italy and worked for twenty years as an editor in school publishing houses: Le Monnier, RCS, DE Aogstini. She has been teaching German in Ticino since 2011. For Armando Dadò she published Noi. Racconti a due voci tra Italia e Canton Ticino (2017), Il Museo degli amori perduti (2021), La biblioteca umana (2022). For La Spiga E tu? (2018) and Cittadinanza in azione. (2020). The comedy Un gelato, un bacio, una pistola (Porto Seguro edizioni) was published in 2022. 

Kim Albrecht

Kim Albrecht visualizes cultural, technological, and scientific forms of knowledge. His diagrams unfold and question the structures of representation and explore the aesthetics of technology and society. Kim is a principal at metaLAB (at) Harvard, director of metaLAB (at) FU Berlin, fellow at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Harvard and since may 2023, Professor at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Kim holds a Ph. D. from the University of Potsdam in media theory and exhibited, among others, at Harvard Art Museums, Four Domes Pavilion Wrocław, Ars Electronica Center, Cooper Hewitt, Cube design museum, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Kaestner Gesellschaft, The Wrong Biennial, Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, and Kunsthaus Graz. 

Jeffrey Schnapp

A leading figure in the digital humanities and a thought leader in the field of light mobility and digital culture, Jeffrey Schnapp teaches Comparative Literature and is director of the metaLAB (at) Harvard University that he founded in 2011, part of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Originally trained as a medievalist, his recent publications cover the contemporary eras with a focus on media, architecture, design, mobility and book history. After three years as co-founder and CEO of Piaggio Fast Forward, a subsidiary of the Piaggio Group working on new forms and designs for urban mobility, Schnapp took over as Chief Visionary Officer in June 2018. In 2021 the book Moto Guzzi 100 Years (Rizzoli), which he edited, was published in both English and Italian. Jeffrey Schnapp has spoken on some of the world's most prestigious stages: TED, DLD, United Nations, World Frontiers Forum, Royal Academy of Sweden, Global Leaders Forum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Volkswagenstiftung, SXSW, Festival filosofia , Lezioni di storia (Laterza), Fondazione Corriere della Sera, MEET and US National Archives.