Masterclass Series 5: Playing with Data in the Ubiquitous Commons
Wednesday, 3 June 2015 from 10:00 to 18:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Playing with Data in the Ubiquitous Commons is a day-long performative workshop using Human Ecosystems--a series of technologies are combined to harvest and analyse public data. We will explore our collective data to gain insight on the flows of communication, information, knowledge exchange, and of the patterns for emotional contagion. Together participants will use techniques such as Natural Language Analysis, Geo-referencing, Machine Learning, Network Analysis, and various Computational Sociology techniques to gather information about the communities in the city, including the places, locations, times, topics, emotions, opinions which they express, and the social architectures which they describe. Outputs will range from a series of research insights; interactive visualizations or installations; game concepts to be enacted with different communities; models for community engagement, and their testing through playful modalities; the description and enactment of meaningful urban rituals which promote public, inclusive collaboration and participation to city life under one or more issues.
The workshop is an interdisciplinary, critical and playful approach to our material assemblages as data-subjects; that is, our ubiquitous data and information generation, which express relations, emotions, locations, opinions, behaviours and the potential inferences therein. Participants will collectively explore the data and present insights. People of all levels of technological expertise are warmly welcome.
Salvatore Iaconesi is an interaction designer, robotics engineer, artist, hacker. TED Fellow 2012, Eisenhower Fellow since 2013 and Yale World Fellow 2014.
Oriana Persico holds a degree in Communication Sciences, is an expert in participatory policies and digital inclusion. She is an artist and writer and she currently teach Digital Design at ISIA Design Florence.
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Tobias Blanke, Mark Coté, Giles Greenway, and Jennifer Pyubs
The masterclass speaker series is born out of the research grant: “Our Data Ourselves”, undertaken at King’s College London. The focus of this project has been to investigate the personal data that gets generated by young people on their smartphone devices. Our aim has been to increase our knowledge and understanding of the nature and role of the data that young people produce when thy use platforms and applications on their mobiles.
After working with young people from Young Rewired State for the past 18 months, we would now like the opportunity to discuss our results within a larger dialogue that brings together scholars and hackers who are interested in big social data research. Over the coming months we are inviting you to take part in a wide range of topics that will examine mobile infrastructures and ecosystems, to issues related to the increasing amount of material that is ‘born digital’, to questions around privacy and the ethics of extracting user-generated data.