Fellow Laura Kocksch

Laura Kocksch
Laura Kocksch, M.A.

Ruhr University Bochum

  Fellow at CAIS from March to August 2021


Data Sprints for Heterogeneous Issue Experts on Data Management and Data Storage

My project aims at developing prototypes for long-term, secure and sustainable data storage and management in science. I inquire, How can data mangement and data storage accommondate the variant needs of researchers, publics and changing environments? This question identifies that there is a need for action to translate the needs of researchers and publics as well as environmental concerns into the design and maintenance of scientific data infrastructures. I suggest the method of data sprints that equip issue experts with digital methods, ethnographic observations and anecdotes to build prototypes of data storage and data management collectively. Issue experts can be engineers, architects, librarians, digital scholars, scientists, planners, environmental activists, citizens, open science initatives, etc. During my stay at CAIS, I organize a total of three sprints. Besides producing practical and relevant prototypes for data storage and data management, I further develop the method of data sprints incorporating digital data and ethnographic methods in symmetry.


Call for Participation

If you are interested in participating in a data sprint on data management or sustanainable data storage development, please drop me a line at laura.kocksch@cais.nrw

Main Research Topics
  • Data Management
  • Data Infrastructures
  • Digital Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Cybersecurity
Curriculum Vitae
  • 2016 – 2021: Doctoral Student and Research Associate at Ruhr University Bochum
    SecHuman Interdisciplinary PhD Program & Cultural Psychology and Anthropology of Knowledge,
    Ruhr University Science and Technology Studies Lab, RUSTlab
  • 2009 – 2016: Master of Arts and Bachelor or Arts at Goethe University Frankfurt
    Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, Sociology, Political Science
  • 2013 – 2016: Research Assistant at Fraunhofer Insitute for Secure Information Technology in Darmstadt
Lectures and Publications
  • Kocksch, L., Laser, S., Sørensen, E., Pitroff, F. & Roschka, J. (2021). Inquiring the digital interstice through a data sprint: Ethnographic research where front and back end meet. Workshop at New Materialist Informatics Conference (NMI), 22.-25.03.2021.
  • Nieves Delgado, A. & Kocksch, L. (accepted). Privacy in social media: A perspective from the logic of care. In Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology.
Visiting Fellow
Mace OjalaIT University of Copenhagen
Mace Ojala
Research Focus
  • Software as culture
  • Maintenance, repair and care as theorized in Science at Technology Studies
  • Post-phenomenology
Curriculum Vitae
  • 2020 – : Lecturer of data visualization, IT University of Copenhagen
  • 2018 – : Lab Teaching Assistant at ETHOS Lab, IT University of Copenhagen
  • 2017 – 2020: Research Assistant, IT University of Copenhagen
  • 2015: Erasmus Internship at Ghent Center for Digital Humanities, University of Ghent
  • BSc of Information Studies and Interactive Media, University of Tampere