I publish in the fields of arts & culture, design, media and communication studies, and human computer interaction. Most of my scholarly work is in the tradition of design research in which design-based interventions are theoretically informed, conducted in contextual, real world settings and using mixed methods in order to assess impact and iteratively refine the design.


D’Ignazio, C. (15 March 2019). Putting Data Back Into Context. DataJournalism.com.

Mazón, P. R., Keysar, H., Dosemagen, S., D’Ignazio, C., & Blair, D. (2018). Public Lab : Community ‑ Based Approaches to Urban and Environmental Health and Justice. Science and Engineering Ethics. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-018-0059-8

Peer-reviewed Publications

Mazón, P. R., Keysar, H., Dosemagen, S., D’Ignazio, C., & Blair, D. (2018). Public Lab : Community ‑ Based Approaches to Urban and Environmental Health and Justice. Science and Engineering Ethics. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-018-0059-8

D’Ignazio, C. (2017). Creative data literacy: Bridging the gap between the data-haves and data-have nots. Information Design Journal, 23(1) 6-18. DOI: 10.1075/idj.23.1.03dig

D’Ignazio, C., & Bhargava, R. (2016). DataBasic: Design Principles, Tools and Activities for Data Literacy Learners. The Journal Of Community Informatics, 12(3).

D’Ignazio, C., Hope, A., Michelson, B., Churchill, R., & Zuckerman, E. (2016). A Feminist HCI Approach to Designing Postpartum Technologies: “When I First Saw a Breast Pump I Was Wondering if It Was a Joke.” In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2612–2622). New York, NY, USA: ACM. http://doi.org/10.1145/2858036.2858460

D’Ignazio, C., Hope, A., Metral, A., Brugh, W., Raymond, D., Michelson, B., Achituv, T., Zuckerman , E. Towards a Feminist Hackathon: The Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon. Feminism and (un)Hacking Issue 8 of the Journal of Peer Production. May 2016.

D’Ignazio, C. Psychogeography and Ovens: An Incomplete Dictionary of Mapping Practices. Cartographic Perspectives: Journal of Cartography. Special Issue: Map Art. Denis Wood and John Krygier, Eds. 2006.

Articles and Conference Papers

Bhargava, R. & D’Ignazio, C. Data Sculptures as a Playful and Low-Tech Introduction to Working with Data. Published in the proceedings from the Pedagogy & Physicalization workshop at Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) Conference 2017.

Gordon, E., D’Ignazio, C., Mugar, G., Mihailidis, P. CMAP: Towards a Pedagogy for Civic Design. ACM Interactions Magazine. March-April 2017.

D’Ignazio, C. & Klein, L. Feminist Data Visualization. Published in the 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” in (n) everlasting: Impermanence in Design Culture. The Student Publication. NC State University College of Design. 2015.

Schweik, C.M., Barry, L. D’Ignazio, C., and Gehrke, G. 2015. “Commons-based Peer Production, Open Science and ‘Small Data’. Paper presented at the American Political Science Association conference panel on Governance of New Technologies. San Francisco, CA.

Bhargava, R., D’Ignazio, C. Designing Tools and Activities for Data Literacy Learners. Published for the Data Literacy Workshop for WebSci 2015.

D’Ignazio, C. Terra Incognita: Serendipity and Discovery in the Age of Personalization. Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice. Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis, Editors. MIT Press. 2016.

D’Ignazio, C. A Report from the First Hackathon at the White House. Case study for the Civic Media Reader. Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis, Editors. MIT Press. 2015.

D’Ignazio, C., Bhargava, R. CLIFF-CLAVIN: Determining Geographic Focus for News Articles. Extended abstract published in the proceedings of NewsKDD 2014.

Matias, JN, Agapie, E, D’Ignazio, C, & Graeff, E. 2014 ‘Challenges for Personal Behavior Change Research on Information Diversity.CHI 2014 Workshop on Personalizing Behavior Change Technologies.

D’Ignazio, C. Art & Cartography. Entry for the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Rob Kitchin & Nigel Thrift, editors. Elsevier Press. 2009.

D’Ignazio, C. A Case for Boston as a Liquid Not a SolidRhizomes.net: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (2007): Sept. 2007. Web.

D’Ignazio, C. How to Make the Invisible Stay Invisible: Three Case Studies in Micropolitical Engineering. Published in the conference proceedings of “Biopolitique: Sinues of the Present”, University of Montreal, 2005.

D’Ignazio, Fred and D’Ignazio, Catie. “Surviving a Multimedia Workshop Without a Single Computer.” Learning & Leading with Technology. September 1998. Print.

D’Ignazio, Fred and D’Ignazio, Catie. “Microworlds in Avalon: Celebrating a Wintry High-Tech Workshop in Australia.” Learning & Leading with Technology. February 1998. Print.

Book Chapters

D’Ignazio, C. Civic Imagination and a Useless Map. DIY Utopia. Edited by Amber Day. Rowan and Littlefield, 2016.

D’Ignazio, C., Blair, D., and Warren, J. Less Is More: The Role Of Small Data For Governance In The 21st Century. Texeira, Alex Niche, ed. Governança DigitalCentro de Estudos Internacionais sobre Governo (CEGOV), 2015.

D’Ignazio, C. and Loveless, N. In Conversation: Kanarinka with Natalie LovelessUnsitely Aesthetics. Errant Bodies Press, 2012.

Hyde, A., Linksvayer, M., kanarinka, Mandiberg, M., Peirano, M., Tarka, S., Taylor, A., Toner, A., Zer-Aviv, M. What is Collaboration Anyway? in Mandiberg, Michael. The Social Media Reader. NYU Press, 2012.

kanarinka. The City Formerly Known as Cambridge: a useless map by the Institute for Infinitely Small Things. Dear, Michael, et al., eds. GeoHumanities: Art, history, text at the edge of place. Routledge, 2011.

Blog posts, news articles and essays

D’Ignazio, C. (26 November 2017). 5 Questions on Data & Justice with Cathy O’Neil. Medium.com.

D’Ignazio, C. (21 April 2017). The Architects of Attention. Medium.com.

Gordon, E., D’Ignazio, C., Mugar, G., Mihailidis, P. CMAP: Towards a Pedagogy for Civic Design. ACM Interactions Magazine. January-February 2017.

D’Ignazio, C. (9 September 2016). Designing for Other (Than Straight, White, Rich Men). Medium.com.

D’Ignazio, C. 2016. 10 Lessons from 10 Years of User Participation in Journalism. Engagement Lab blog.

D’Ignazio, C. 2016. Big Data & Development at the MIT Media Lab Databasic blog.

D’Ignazio, C., 2016. A Primer on Non-binary Gender and Big Data on the MIT Center for Civic Media’s blog.

D’Ignazio, C., 2015. What would feminist data visualization look like? on the MIT Center for Civic Media’s blog in anticipation of the Responsible Data Forum event about Data Visualization.

D’Ignazio, C. 2016. Our round-up of Databasic workshops and demos from Spring 2016. Databasic blog.

Carroll, M. & D’Ignazio, C. NewsPix: A tool for engaging readers of news, simply. Medium.

D’Ignazio, C., 2015. Does the Breast Pump Still Suck? [WWW Document]. Medium. URL (accessed 8.3.15).

D’Ignazio, C., 2014. The Media Lab “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” Hackathon [WWW Document]. Medium. URL (accessed 8.3.15).

D’Ignazio, Catherine. This Online Game Forces You Out of Your Bubble by Taking You to Places You’ve Never Heard OfThe Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 04 Aug. 2014. Web. 05 Dec. 2014

D’Ignazio, C., Big Data, News and Geography. Research update for the Center for Civic Media. Fall 2013.

D’Ignazio, C. Mind the Map: Toward a Handbook for Journalists. Co-authored with Luisa Beck for the Center for Civic Media. Spring 2013.

D’Ignazio, C. Mapping the Globe: Initial Research Into Regional Media Attention in Massachusetts. Research update for the Center for Civic Media. Spring 2013.

D’Ignazio, C. & Purnell, F., eds. The Border Crossed Us. Publication for the eponymous show at UMass Amherst. Lulu.com, 2011.

Collaborative Futures: FLOSS Manuals, 2010. Print.

“Heather Beard: Spaces Between”. Catalog essay for solo show. June 2007. Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.

42 or 363 Definitions of Cartography: Sal Randolph & Roda Sten Gallery, 2006. Web.

Kerr, Iain, and Chris Thompson. “Dictionary of Received Ideas.” Performance Research 12.2 (2006): Web.

“The Analysis of Infinitely Small Things: Research Report.” Performance Research 11.1 (2006): 76-81. Web.

D’Ignazio, Catherine. “Corporate Commands & Microperformance.” Hidrazone: Digital Arts Journal 002 (2006): Web.

D’Ignazio, Catherine. “Corporate Commands”. 3rd Floor Magazine 4 (2005): Print.

D’Ignazio, Catherine. “Guidebook to Find Infinitely Small Things.” DIY Survival. C6.org, 2005. Print.

D’Ignazio, Catherine. “Corporate Commands: Rollover.” Glowlab Magazine Mar.-Apr. 2005: Print.

D’Ignazio, Catherine. “Interview with Giselle Beiguelman.” Rhizome Digest Dec. 2003: Web.

D’Ignazio, Catherine. “New Media Is Mediumly Old.” Big, Red, and Shiny Apr. 2003: Web.

Publications featuring my art & design (not authored by me)

Exhibition catalog for Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Vicious Circular Breathing, Borusan Contemporary, 2014.

Harmon, K., Clemans, G., 2010. The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, 8.11.2010 edition. ed. Princeton Architectural Press, New York.

Wood, D., Fels, J., Krygier, J., 2010. Rethinking the power of maps. Guilford Press, New York.

Thompson, N., International, I.C., Paglen, T., Kastner, J., 2009. Experimental Geography: Radical Approaches to Landscape, Cartography, and Urbanism. Melville House, Brooklyn, N.Y. : New York.

Dietz, S. “Fair Assembly” in Latour, Bruno, and Peter Weibel, eds. Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy, Cambridge, Mass [Karlsruhe, Germany]: MIT Press ZKM/Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. 2005

“Funerals for a Moment”. ASPECT Chronicle of New Media Art. Volume IV: Text and Language. Fall 2004.

“Critical GIS: Examining the Art of Mapping”. GeoWorld Magazine. Jeremy W. Crampton. January, 2004.