An exhibit at Data Publics, by Jen Southern, Sam Thulin, Mark Lochrie, and Adrian Gardner

Homing is an interactive sound artwork, experienced through headphones, animating the original letters of Preston soldiers serving in the front line trenches of WW1. It uses sound to make connections between presence and absence, people and place, displacement and home. To experience the exhibit, we encourage delegates to download the app either via the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

The Datafied Society: Studying Culture through Data

A new Open Access book, edited by Mirko Tobias Schäfer & Karin van Es

As more and more aspects of everyday life are turned into machine-readable data, researchers are provided with rich resources for researching society. The novel methods and innovative tools to work with this data not only require new knowledge and skills, but also raise issues concerning the practices of investigation and publication. This book critically reflects on the role of data in academia and society and challenges overly optimistic expectations considering data practices as means for understanding social reality. It introduces its readers to the practices and methods for data analysis and visualization and raises questions not only about the politics of data tools, but also about the ethics in collecting, sifting through data, and presenting data research. AUP S17 Catalogue text As machine-readable data comes to play an increasingly important role in everyday life, researchers find themselves with rich resources for studying society. The novel methods and tools needed to work with such data require not only new knowledge and skills, but also a new way of thinking about best research practices. This book critically reflects on the role and usefulness of big data, challenging overly optimistic expectations about what such information can reveal, introducing practices and methods for its analysis and visualization, and raising important political and ethical questions regarding its collection, handling, and presentation.

Available as an Open Access book published by Amsterdam University Press, including contributions from Lev Manovich, Richard Rogers, Bernhard Rieder, Evgeny Morozov, Mercedes Bunz, Carolin Gerlitz, Nick Couldry, Jonathan Gray and many others. http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=624771

Deadly Crossings to Europe

An exhibit at Data Publics by David Bihanic, a data designer & associate professor at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.
The “Deadly crossings to Europe” project consists of an interactive map that graphically represents (and locates) the dead and missing refugees who have crossed the Mediterranean over that period (2000-2016) — detailed information is available by clicking on each dot. This webmap also shows the major routes they have taken, the main international migration hubs, and the most populous refugee camps — the leading host countries for refugees are identified in the background.