DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM
B.A. Tufts University
M.F.A. Maine College of Art
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Catherine D'Ignazio is a researcher, artist and software developer who investigates how data visualization, technology and new forms of storytelling can be used for civic engagement.
Professor D'Ignazio has conducted research on geographic bias in the news media, developed custom software to geolocate news articles and designed an application, "Terra Incognita", to promote global news discovery. She is currently working with the Public Laboratory for Technology and Science to explore the possibilities for journalistic storytelling with DIY environmental sensors.
Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation, Turbulence.org, the LEF Foundation, and Dream It, Code It, Win It. In 2009, she was a finalist for the Foster Prize at the ICA Boston. Her work has been exhibited at the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Museo d'Antiochia of Medellin, and the Venice Biennial.
D’Ignazio, C. & Klein, L. Feminist Data Visualization. Presented at and published in the workshop proceedings from the Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities at IEEE VIS Conference 2016.
D’Ignazio, C. Questions on Design, Social Justice and Breast Pumps. Presented at and published in the workshop proceedings from the Exploring Social Justice, Design & HCI Workshop at ACM SIGCHI Conference 2016.
D’Ignazio, C., Bhargava, R. Approaches to Building Big Data Literacy. Presented at and published in the workshop proceedings of the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange 2015.
D’Ignazio, C. “Terra Incognita: Serendipity and Discovery in the Age of Personalization”. Case study for the Civic Media Reader. Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis, Editors. MIT Press. 2015.
Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant ($5K, Data Literacy Research) 2016
Knight Foundation Prototype Grant ($35K, Databasic.io Platform Development) 2015
Emerson College Faculty Advancement Fund Award ($8K, Databasic.io Research) 2015
Emerson College Presidential Fund for Curricular Innovation ($1.2K, Hyperlocal-International Research) 2015
Emerson College Faculty Advancement Fund Award ($5K, Sensor Journalism Research) 2014
DeFlorez Fund for Humor at MIT ($4K, Engaging the Public with Sensor Data Research) 2014
MIT Media Lab Director’s Fund ($12K, Maternal Health & Innovation Research) 2013
RISD Faculty Professional Development Grant ($5K, Research on Fear & Public Space) 2010
RISD Faculty Professional Development Grant ($5K, Research on Fear & Public Space) 2009
RISD Faculty Professional Development Grant ($5K, Research on Fear & Public Space) 2008
Global & Civic Engagement
Program Committee Member for Visualizing Cities for Habitat III, UN Conference. 2016
New England Foundation for the Arts. Jury member. Creative Cities Initiative. 2015
Generation Citizen: Youth Civics Day Judge. 2015
MassArt Student Exhibition Jury Member. 2015
MIT Climate CoLab Jury Member. 2015
MIT Media Lab Diversity Committee. 2012 - 2014
Cambridge Arts Council. Jury Member. Kendall Street Update project. 2010
Cartographica: Journal for Geographic Information and Geovisualization, Editorial Board. 2007 - 2010
College Art Association Public Art Forum. Advisory Board. 2007 - 2008
Art Interactive. Curatorial Committee. 2004 - 2007
Real Art Ways Emerging Artists Program. Jury member. Hartford, CT. 2006
LEF Foundation Contemporary Work. Selection Committee. 2005 - 2006
Cambridge Arts Council. Grant Program Selection Committee. 2005 - 2006
Awards & Honors
Pitch Accelerator Award for NewsPix, Newspaper Association of America. 2015
Dream It. Code It. Win It. Prize for Women in Technology. 2014
Turbulence Networked Art Commission. 2012
Prospectus for the Nation, selected artist, Artists in Context. 2012
Tanne Foundation Artist Award. 2010
Cambridge Arts Council, Finalist for the $50K Cambridge St Commission. 2010
Extending Creativity in Digital Media NEA Residency, Anderson Ranch. 2008
ICA Boston, James & Audrey Foster Prize, Finalist. 2008
AICA New England, Second Prize for Best Work in a Public Place. 2008
Artist to Watch, 2006 Year in Review, Big, Red & Shiny magazine. 2006
Individual Artist Award (The Institute for Infinitely Small Things), Cambridge Arts Council. 2006
57 Things to Do For Free in Harvard Square. Video project commissioned by lumeneclipse. 2006
Comedy, Humor, Laughter