It took me a while to realize what I want to do when I grow up. As an undergrad, I majored in Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and started to work as a teacher for 7 years. After I graduated the MA program in philosophy I moved on to work as a software developer. Volunteering in open-knowledge communities lead me to pursue a PhD. supervised by Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli in the University of Haifa.
My research projects all share an overarching theme: the desire to understand how questions and knowledge change peoples behavior. Currently my research focuses in the role of data journalism in the flow of information.
Presenting Open PISA Project in Education Technology Conference, Jerusalem, 2017
Open PISA (2014-2017) is a first attempt to make the OECD PISA data accessible and visual in order to encourage public understanding of education evidences.
The project website: openpisa.org
The project is supported by the Trump Foundation.
Narrative, Dreams, Imagination: Israeli and German Youth Imagine their Futures (2010-2011) a collaboration of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Regensburg, and the University of Karlsruhe. Scholars and educational practitioners developed a set of scholarly and educational resources that explore questions of identity and citizenship to be used with Israeli and German high-school children as they reflect who they are and who they seek to become.
The project is supported by the Center for German Studies of the European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Children Do Philosophy (2006-2010) an education program for encouraging children to ask and discuss their interest in communities of inquiry. The program teachers are philosophy students. Dozen of schools in Jerusalem participated in the program and used the curiiculumn.
The project is supported by the school of education at the Hebrew University and the Jerusalem Foundation.
Issawiya girls do philosophy.
I am a big fan of the R language. It is beautiful, intuitive and powerful but most of all has a great community. This is the wisdom of open-source world.
You can see my projects in my Github Account.
My interests are interactive visualization and open data projects.
I used Wikipedia from the beginning although as many it took me a while to start writing. Although I spent a lot of time in Wikipedia -probably I could finish my research in the meantime- it is not ordinary to put it in a Curriculum Vitae. This page is dedicated to the thing I most proud of.
By 2017 I wrote more than 200 articles in the Hebrew Wikipedia. When I started I prepared topics which are not connected to my formal education. I imagined the criticism of my philosophy scholars. So I wrote about my heroes: great mathematicians. Later, I wrote also about philosophy, classical music and science. I am especially proud of Women in science and philosophy of the mind articles.
For me Wikipedia is the ideal way to share knowledge with people. While no one read academic articles, everyone read Wikipedia articles.
Left to right: Jimmy wales, founder of Wikipedia, as father of the bride; Michal Lester, executive director at Wikimedia Israel, as best friend; me and Darya as Wikipedian couple; Jan-Bart de Vreede, chairmain of Wikimedia Board, as pastor; Dror, guest of honor. Wikimania 2015 Conference, Mexico-city, Wiki-Wedding session, Author: Ovedc
July 5, 2017
|2015 -||Research Fellow at The Center for Internet Research, University of Haifa|
|2010-2012||MA, Department of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|2005-2007||Ed. D., School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|2002-2005||BA, Department of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|1994-1997||Israel Arts and Science Academy|
|2015||The Trump Foundation (400,000 ILS) for developing PISA data explorer (in collaboration with Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli)|
|2010||DAAD Center for German Studies in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (10,000$) for Israeli-German research project.(in collaboration with Dr. Jen Glasser)|
|2006||The School of Education in Hebrew University of Jerusalem (10,000 ILS) for Philosophy in Primary Schools Project. (in collaboration with Dr. Jen Glasser)|
|The Jerusalem Foundation (5,000$) for Philosophy in Primary Schools Project. (in collaboration with Dr. Jen Glasser)|
|2014-2017||Stasitical Imagination Labs, Ideation Company and Data Science Consultancy, Business Development|
|2012-2013||Elenxos, e-learning company, Programmer|
|2008-2011||Ministry of Education, Primary Schools, Science and Math Teacher|
|2004-2008||Jerusalem Science Museum, Guide and Team Leader|
|1997-2001||Israel Defence Forces, Science Technology Intelligence Analyst|
|2013||Kantor, Avner. “Dream and Hope.” Narrative, Dreams, Imagination 3 (2013): 33.|
|2017||“Education Data Journalism”“, The Israeli Visualization Conference (ISVIS), Haifa University, Haifa, June 27, 2017|
|“How can the public be encouraged to investigate educational questions? The PISA Citizen Science Project”, Public Engagement with Science Online – A Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation, Technion, Haifa, June 25t, 2017|
|“The Best Data Science Framework”“, Industrial Engineering National Conference, Ramat Gan, June 4 2017|
|“Big Data and Education: PISA Test”, INFO Annual Conference & Exhibition - Teldan Information Systems, Tel-Aviv, May 11 2017|
|2015||“PISA Data Explorer” Learning in a Networked Society (LINKS) Annual Retreat, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Sep. 8-9, 2015|
|2014||“Education Data Transparency”“, Learning in a Networked Society (LINKS) Annual Retreat, Haifa University, Sep. 18, 2014|
|CONFERENCE||ORGANIZED BY ME|
|2009||Thinking in Education: Inquiry, Creativity and Philosophy, Israel Arts and Science Academy, Jerusalem, Dec. 13, 2009|
|2007||The 13th biannual conference of the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 4-7, 2007|
|2017||“Data Journalism”, Online Behavior Forum, Ramat-Gan, Mar. 30, 2017|
|“Education Data Journalism”, Open Media and Information Lab, Open University of Israel, Ra’anana, Feb. 22, 2017|
|“Open PISA Project”, Education Seminar, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, Jerusalem, Feb. 22, 2017|
|“Open PISA Project”, The Public Knowledge Workshop, Tel- Aviv, Jan. 16, 2017|
|2016||“Open PISA Project”, National Authority for Measurement and Evaluation in Education, Ramat-Gan, Dec. 28, 2016|
|“Wikipedia”, Guest lecture, Host by Dr. Tamar Ashuri, Communication Department, Tel-Aviv University, Nov. 30, 2016|
|“Wikipedia”, Guest lecture, Host by Prof. Amit Schejter, Communication Department, Ben-Gurion University, Nov. 8, 2016|
|“Visualization of Education”, Education Seminar, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, Jerusalem, Jan. 21, 2016|
|2015||“Data Journalism”, Special Seminar for World Statistics Day, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, Jerusalem, Oct. 22, 2015|