NLM History Talk (6/9): Radin on When People are Data: How Medical History Matters for Our Digital Age

The NLM History of Medicine Division warmly invites you to the next NLM History Talk which will be held virtually via NIH videocasting, on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 2:00-3:00pm ET:

Join us to hear Joanna Radin, PhD, Associate Professor, Program in History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, speak on When People are Data: How Medical History Matters for Our Digital Age.

This talk focuses on the history of a particular collection of data, extracted and digitized from patient records made in the course of a longitudinal epidemiological study involving Indigenous members of the Gila River Indian Community Reservation in the American Southwest. The creation, circulation, and eventual restriction of the Pima Indian Diabetes Dataset (PIDD) demonstrates the value of medical and Indigenous histories to the study of Big Data. The history of the PIDD reveals how data becomes alienated from persons even as it reproduces complex social realities of the circumstances of its origin.

Read an interview with Dr. Radin:

Part of the 2020 series of NLM History Talks, this event is sponsored by the NLM History of Medicine Division in cooperation with the National Endowment (NEH) for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities-as part of the ongoing NLM/NEH partnership to collaborate on research, education, and career initiatives:

This presentation will be closed-captioned. Individuals with disabilities needing other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should be in touch with Ms. Lindsay Franz at and/or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339. Requests should be made five days in advance.

Sponsored by:
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD
Chief, NLM History of Medicine Division

Event contact:
Lindsay Franz, MLIS
Systems Librarian, NLM History of Medicine Division

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