Director of Data Science Ethnography
Brittany Fiore-Gartland, Ph.D., is the Director of Data Science Ethnography at the eScience Institute and a Research Scientist in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering. She leads a research group that studies the sociocultural implications of data-intensive science and how data-intensive technologies are reshaping how people work and organize. Her research focuses on cross-sector and interdisciplinary data science collaborations; emerging pedagogical models for data science; and bringing a human-centered, sociotechnical, and ethical perspective to data science practice.
She co-leads UW Data Science Studies, an interdisciplinary group of researchers studying the sociotechnical and ethical dimensions of the emerging practice of data science. UW Data Science Studies is part of a collaborative and multi-sited working group supported through the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments and in partnership with researchers at Berkeley Institute for Data Science and the Center for Data Science in New York University.
Whenever possible her work follows a model of action research. This means her research practice aims to inform and affect positive change within the communities she studies. Often this takes the form of articulating the challenges and opportunities for communication and collaboration during times of technological change. She works with communities to bridge communication gaps and develop value-informed, reflexive, and adaptive organizational practice.