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About Us

Allow us to introduce ourselves...

D’Ignazio and Klein (2020) state that data feminism requires knowledge to be situated. Please allow us to introduce ourselves by stating our positionalities so that our perspective and identities as writers and researchers are clear from the outset.

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Abby Alty: I am a white cisgender able-bodied queer woman completing a Master of Information Studies part-time at the University of Ottawa. I am from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and have lived for most of my life in western Canada. Currently, I work in Public Health, but I have previously held employment in the environmental sector. I enjoy listening to many genres of music, but I do not listen to active rock. The topic of this project appealed to me because radio is a medium that is freely available, has some government oversight and is played in public spaces, yet promotes commercial interests. I have learned a lot about the genre by curating the dataset and I look forward to more research and analysis on the topic.

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Dalie Brisson: I’m a French-Canadian student enrolled in a Master of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa. I am a white cisgendered, able-bodied straight woman and I grew up in a town called Embrun in Eastern Ontario. Since starting my post-secondary studies I’ve worked in various positions at the University of Ottawa, until recently where I decided to apply to a government agency. One of my past work experiences as a research assistant allowed me to work with a dataset containing biographic data on country music artists. The published research based on this data uncovered women’s marginal status in the genre (Watson, 2019). This project piqued my curiosity because I wanted to find out if similar results could be revealed from active rock data. I don’t listen to active rock with the exception of a few artists, so this project will surely be insightful.