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Open : Data : Culture


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Presentation on data, open data how we use data and how we can use data to create knowledge and wisdom

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Open : Data : Culture

  1. 1. Open:Data:Culture Julian Tait @julianlstar Cornerhouse, Manchester 28th June 2014
  2. 2. Open:Data:Culture This presentation originally had video. The links to the videos or original websites are included in the presentation. The slides are duplicated so that notes can be displayed as the original presentation was in Keynote and Slideshare doesn’t like Keynote. - Julian
  3. 3. 1845. This is a map of Manchester drawn by Fredrich Engels, whose father owned a number of mills in Ancoats. The desperate conditions that many of the mill workers lived, led Engels to write ‘The Condition of the Working Class in England’ and along with collaborator Karl Marx, ‘The Communist Manifesto’
  4. 4. The immaterial layer
  5. 5. The immaterial layer 2014. This a map of the centre of Manchester described by data. This data describes the noise caused by traffic during the day. This is a hidden topography, a layer that evidences the impact of traffic in our city yet is something that we don’t easily have access to. Matt Jones from Dopplr coined the term ‘immaterials’ to describe data.
  6. 6. ‘Data are often viewed as the lowest level of abstraction from which information and then knowledge are derived’- Wikipedia What is Data?
  7. 7. Wisdom Knowledge Information Data Actionability Understanding Contextualisation Evidence
  8. 8. Wisdom Knowledge Information Data Actionability Understanding Contextualisation Evidence Data is the base layer from which we can create information, understanding and action. Yet we seem to be very much focussed on data. If we do that we run the risk of data being seen as an end in itself and not part of an enabling process. The data is perhaps, the easy part.
  9. 9. Realtime data
  10. 10. Realtime data Cameron Beccario created this stunning interactive visualisation that maps the state of the earths winds at different levels of the atmosphere, in near realtime. It is a beautiful example of data being translated into information revealing hitherto unseen patterns in our atmosphere.
  11. 11. 10 seconds of Blackberry trading
  12. 12. 10 seconds of Blackberry trading Eric Nunsader of Nanex used data from algorithmically controlled trading computers to visualise the mechanism that plummeted Blackberry’s stock value. The video is 10 seconds expanded to 3 minutes. The data reveals a world where super machines negotiate and transact in milliseconds, without intervention. Perhaps the video suggests that the aesthetic of the future isn’t going to be a hyperreal augmented reality, but one pared down to functional 8 bit colour and basic text.
  13. 13. Static data
  14. 14. Static data Inspired by a project by This visualisation by Waag Society, Amsterdam creates a topography of the Netherlands based upon the age of buildings, utilising datasets released by the Dutch government
  15. 15. Mixed data
  16. 16. Mixed data If you follow the rhetoric around the ‘Smart City’, you will probably come across the concept of the city dashboard - an interface where you can monitor how a city is performing. Paradise Circus take the dashboard concept and created a wry statement about the city utilising data from a variety of sources.
  17. 17. Simulated data
  18. 18. Simulated data Similar to the approach taken in the previous slide this visualisation uses data from the CIA World Fact Book to create a simulation of births and deaths occurring across the globe.
  19. 19. Plurality of interpretation
  20. 20. Plurality of interpretation By making data available you create an environment for a plurality of interpretation. Transport data can be used to reveal the connectedness of a city and from this can be inferred where there might be pressure on housing and services.
  21. 21. Plurality of interpretation
  22. 22. Plurality of interpretation The same data could be used to create more of a humorous statement about the state of the public transport network. Both types of visualisation have value and an audience. This service was created by Goose Rock Design in Boston, MA
  23. 23. Sonification
  24. 24. Sonification We often get hung up with interpreting and creating insight through purely visual means but as we are multi-sensory beings data can be interpreted by other means. This piece of data sonification created by researchers at the University of Michigan and Experiential Music Lab takes the data stream from ACE, a satellite that measures the composition of the solar wind. The data generates a composition creating mood music that changes with the state of the sun.
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  26. 26. Data manifested as sculpture and music. Natalie Miebach’s - Duet of blizzards and Hurricane Noel, gathers meteorological data and translates into woven sculptures and wall pieces that function both as musical scores and weather almanacs.
  27. 27. Thank You
  28. 28. The Garden is an organisation that works with people to identify challenges, building the tools and skills to overcome them. It brings together people who are passionate about how appropriately applied  technology and practice can benefit citizens, business and the public sector alike. Applying a range of design methods from DIY and open culture, to critical design, we develop programmes that have benefit for all.